"If one respects liberty and one respects a robust view of moral culpability, it seems very clear: A right of conscience, that is, if asked to do something that would be morally objectionable to a physician or a health care provider, them saying 'No, I won't participate,' should be defended. It should be convincing. However, in our increasingly secularist society, these concepts are under great attack. The movement that is afoot seems to be reducing ethics to an overly simple rubric: If legal, than ethical. If ethical, than a right to be demanded."
~ Dr. Ryan Samson Nash, Director of the Ohio State University Center for Bioethics
From a lecture entitled "Compassion and Conscience: Health, the Good Life, and the Good Death" delivered on December 3, 2013 at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
Listen to the lecture.