I previously worked for a religiously-based hospice, which was connected to a national religious organization with many hospitals and clinics across the US. When the Death with Dignity laws passed in my state, the entire hospice staff was required to attend a meeting, which was to educate staff on the organization's policy in regard to the new Death with Dignity laws. In short, we were told that 1) we could not discuss the new law with patients; and, #2) we could not provide information to patients/families regarding resources that they could access to get more information about the Death with Dignity laws. If we violated this policy, it was cause for immediate termination.
I believe that this violates our responsibility to provide informed consent to patients, which would include advising patients/famility of all medical options/resources available to them (of which I am aware). Regardless of the organization's official position and policy, if I was asked, I continued to give my patients/families the names and contact information that would empower them to get further information on their own about the new law and how it applied to them. I was not "found out". I believe it is an ethical duty on my part to provide this information to my patients/families.
I also contacted my state's attorney general, the nursing board, and the group "Compassionate Choices", regarding this organization's policy. Have you been in this situation, and how have you handled it? Do you think a medical entity has the right to withhold information about treatment options from patients/families, if the organization has a religious or ethical objection to those treatments?