Efforts in Mexico to protect the right to conscientious objection

Last February, Senator Américo Villarreal Anaya of the Parliamentary Group of the National Regeneration Initiative Movement (Morena) presented to the Senate of the Republic a legislative initiative with the aim of clarifying the scope of the right to conscientious objection of health service providers.

This project seeks to clarify what has previously been established in the General Law on Health and to guide the Ethical or Bioethical Hospital committees, as well as other involved sectors, regarding the content of the right to conscientious objection, specifying the power to reject compliance with an act or conduct that is contrary to the ethical standards or the convictions of health service providers.

Article 18, a civil society organization dedicated to the promotion and defense of Freedom of Thought Consciousness and Religion, together with the Mexican National Academy of Bioethics contributed to this effort.

Such initiatives, in addition to improving and making more effective compliance with the regulatory framework around the protection of the right to religious freedom and more specific the right to conscientious objection, also highlights the importance of collaborative work and openness in the dialogue between legislators and civil society organizations for this purpose.

The Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America is a program of the Foundation Platform for Social Transformation, a registered charity in Voorburg, The Netherlands under Chamber of Commerce #50264249.

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