WYA Croatia Organizes Online Panels on Conscientious Objection and Informed Consent

May 14 & 28, 2021, Zagreb, Croatia – World Youth Alliance Croatia held an event called “PROUČI, RAZLUČI, ODLUČI!”.

The panel discussion on conscientious objection was held on 14 May and was moderated by Ivana Grahovac, M.D., WYA Croatia president. Aleksandra Korać Graovac, a full professor from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Boris Ujević, primarius M.D., a specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics at the Clinical Hospital “Sveti Duh” and Hrvoje Vargić, Director of Partnerships in WYA Foundation and a philosopher, discussed the importance of the institute of conscientious objection, its roots, legal regulation, as well as the implementation in everyday practice. They also gave their perspectives on current topics related to this institute, such as the register of those using their right to conscientious objection, the possibility of an institutional conscientious objection, etc. The guests agreed that preserving the right to conscientious objection is a matter of protecting fundamental human rights and respecting the intrinsic dignity of the human person.

The panel discussion on informed consent was held on 28 May and was moderated by Marija Vujeva, a volunteer in WYA Croatia and a lawyer. Ana Borovečki, a full professor from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Dan Đaković, an assistant from the Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Sciences, University of Zagreb and Blanka Kačer, associate professor from the Faculty of Law, University of Split, discussed how the institute of informed consent is not sufficiently known to patients, nor is it clearly regulated by Croatian law. The historical background of the formation of this institute was presented, as well as the pros and cons of its implementation in practice, for both medical workers and patients. The discussion was closed with the message that the virtue of humility on both doctor and patient sides is a much-needed element and that the relationship between them should really be a transparent and trusting partnership.