ASTRA Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health

Conscience-based refusal in reproductive medicine paper by CESI includes analysis of legislation, politics and practice regarding refusal of health care services provision on conscientious grounds in the Republic of Croatia, and indicating the problems in legislation and practice which enables malpractice thus violating the right of patient to access lawful medical care in a timely manner.  The publication also contain recommendations and guidelines for regulating conscience-based refusal in a way that it does not hinder the availability of legal health care. It is necessary to adopt and implement standards that would clearly articulate the state’s obligation which guarantees that conscience-based refusal in practice does not obstruct access and availability of lawful medical care in a timely manner, to ensure supervision and monitoring of practice as well as to seek responsibility of those who do not respect the standards.

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Source: CESI