Definition of conscience clause in English:

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conscience clause

Pronunciation: /ˈkänSHəns klôz/


chiefly North American
A clause that makes concessions to the consciences of those affected by a law: Congress passed a “conscience clause” bill, which permitted any individual opposed to abortion to refuse to perform the procedure
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  • One judge has suggested that a doctor who invokes the conscience clause should refer the patient to a colleague at once but he did not go so far as to decide that there was a legal duty to do so because that was not in issue in the case.
  • Section 3 is a conscience clause, allowing anyone to opt out of the ‘medical procedure’ mentioned in section 1.
  • Additionally the debate about reinstating the conscience clause, which would allow dioceses to refuse to ordain or recognize women clergy, has been resurrected.

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Syllabification: con·science clause

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