A Defense of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare

medical symbol with scales of justice

In this discussion, Dr. Christopher Kaczor and Dr. Catherine Peters discuss the paper “A Defense of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare.” This essay is a reply to criticisms that have raised against conscientious objection in health care. The paper defends rights of conscientious objection against various objections including the Objection from the Rights of Patients, the Objection from Monopoly, the Objection from Religion, the Objection from Untestability, and the Objection from Inconsistency.

Dr. Kaczor is one of the recipients of 2019-2020 ACTI Faculty Fellowship.

The pre-recorded discussion will be available beginning at 2:00 PM on November 9, 2020 and is accessible throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

Registration is not required to access the recording.



Christopher Kaczor shaking the pope's hand.

Christopher Kaczor

Dr. Christopher Kaczor is professor of philosophy at LMU, the author/editor of 15 books, and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. He has taught at LMU since 1998 and his latest book is called, Disputes in Bioethics (Notre Dame Press, 2020).

Portrait of Professor Catherine Peters

Catherine Peters

Catherine Peters is an assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California). She specializes in medieval philosophy, with a particular focus on the thought of Thomas Aquinas and Avicenna. Peters earned a BA from Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit, Michigan) and completed her MA and PhD at the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas (Houston, Texas). Her current research centers on the intersections of natural philosophy, metaphysics, and natural theology.