Ethics Paper on Healthcare Policy

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Brownfield v. Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital

Question 1: What are the ethical considerations of this issue?
The ethical considerations of this issue, is the responsibility of the hospital to provide all the relevant information concerning access to emergency contraceptives, for rape and sexual assault victims. Brownfield’s defense supports the idea that emergency contraceptives, Plan B, and oral synthetic hormones are the most common form of emergency contraceptives, and this information must be given to the victim upon her request. These contraceptives are called the “morning after pill or plan B”.

Question 2: What are the legal considerations of this issue?
Some legal considerations are the Principles of Informed Consent. This principle allows a competent individual to advance his or her own welfare. The rights, responsibility are performed freely and willingly to consent, or the refusal of consent based on recommended medical procedures, such as the benefits, burdens and risks involved. Informed consent is based on;
(a). Adequate disclosure of information
(b). Patient’s freedom of choice
(c) Patient’s understanding of information an
(d) Patient’s ability for decision making.

By meeting these requirements, three necessary conditions are satisfied that is; the individual’s decision is voluntary, the individual is fully aware of the circumstances, the individual’s choice is deliberate in so far as the patient has carefully considered all of the expected benefits, burdens, risk and reasonable alternatives. (“Ethical issues consent”, - 2012). This becomes a matter of legal concern when the Principles of Informed Consent can be proven that the victim was not given such information, or allowed to exercise this principle.
Supporters of this act argue that emergency contraception reduces the risk of a potential pregnancy and does not represent…...

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