Compelled to commit evil

Dr Lachlan DunjeyDr Lachlan Dunjey is a medical doctor from Perth Western Australia.

I’m hoping that you’ll take the time to follow this link and watch a video of Lachlan speaking at the Conscience Laws and Healthcare Conference on Saturday the 25th of July 2009. In the video he speaks of legislation which compels doctors to perform procedures which go against their conscience. The title of his presentation was The Coercion of Doctors: What is happening to modern medicine?

Dr Dunjey has been active for two decades in ethical and moral issues particularly involving the intrinsic value of human life.

In 2006 he set up Medicine With Morality, an organisation uniting doctors across Australia to lobby members of parliament on life issues including human cloning, euthanasia, abortion and the right to practice medicine according to conscience.

Should a doctor be forced to perform abortions even if that goes against their beliefs?

How far will such laws go? Will they stop at abortion? Will doctors be compelled to assist the suicide of patients? Should doctors have to compromise their beliefs?

The video runs for just under twenty minutes but I appeal to you to watch the video through to understand the gravity of the situation now facing us and the serious issue of where society is going with legislation.

Irish orator, philosopher, and politician Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) is often quoted as saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” If we are people of goodwill it’s time for us to find out what is going on and to take necessary action.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Our family doctor in Albany is Catholic apparently and refuses to give prescriptions for the pill (at least that’s what I heard).

    I fully support doctors not being forced to go against their ethical beliefs. If a patient wants something done that the doctor will not do, they can go and see another doctor.
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Growing Up Non Christian – Part 1 =-.

  • I agree with the fact that if your a doctor you should not have to be forced to do procedures if don’t believe in the it the right thing. So I say I’m in support of Medicine With Morality.


  • I’m not Australian, and so don’t have a voice in the political process there, but I do believe that each person should be free to make their own choices. (So long as those choices do not endanger the life of another person. Therefore a doctor who is religiously opposed to abortion may be required to perform one to save the life of a woman.)
    .-= Johnny Brooks´s last blog ..A letter from a friend… =-.

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