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Medical Law and Religious beliefs

When the decision to refuse consent is a consequence of the patient's religious beliefs, Article 9 issues may arise under the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 that protects freedom of thought, conscience and religion, supported by Hoffmann v. Austria (1993) Series A, No. 255.

However, in Arrowsmith v. UK (1978) 19 DR 5 it had previously been indicated 'religious practice' does not cover every act influenced by religion.


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