Can Medical Service be Refused on the Basis of Morality and Ethics?

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Refusing Service or Care Whenever there is a discussion that involves ethics and morality there always seems to be some debate. Professional ethics has become more significant over the years. As people become more specialized in their occupations, the concerns become that much more complex. Professional bodies have more and more been at work developing, revising and refining professional codes of ethics. Professionals themselves have asked for more comprehensive codes so as to have better direction. There is no longer deference to the clout of experts on the part of the public or of the client group. The standards for professional behavior keep drifting higher. "Where safety and health are at issue, the regulators are under more pressure to act when professional groups do not act" (Strahlendorf, n.d). This notion of professional ethics has really come to the forefront in relation to pharmacists and whether they can refuse to fill prescriptions based on their ethical beliefs. In a case back in 1996, Karen Brauer, a pharmacist in Hamilton, OH. refused to fill a prescription because of her religious beliefs. She was told by her employer to fill all prescriptions or be fired. She chose to loose her job (Sweeny, 2004). Cases like this one are springing up all over the country as pharmacists are taking a stand in what they believe, as I think they should. Pharmacists face a number of unpleasant consequences for failure to distribute medication. First, refusal could have

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