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Ethical Considerations Project Brownfield v Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital

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Additionally, the Catholic theologies also argue that in consequence of informing the rape victim about emergency contraception shall held the hospital and the physician correspondingly culpable for any undue action of the victim (Smugar, Spina, Merz, 2000). On the other hand, when considering the patient’s right to truth as well as freedom to select their healthcare preferences, the ethical and religious directives bind the Catholic hospitals in informing the rape victims when serving emergency contraception as a measure of pregnancy prophylaxis. In this context, the 26th directive of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (5th Edition) postulates that The free and informed consent of the person or the person’s surrogate is required for medical treatments and procedures, except in an emergency situation when consent cannot be obtained and there is no indication that the patient would refuse consent to the treatment. Under this particular directive, even though the Catholic hospitals can be deemed as not bound to obtain an informed consent from the patient when delivering emergency situations, a critical evaluation of the rule advocates that such actions shall only be justified where the patient deciphers or has no reason to decipher a refusal to the rendered treatment (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2009). Thus, based on these ethical considerations, where the plaintiff in this case had a possibility to refuse emergency contraception, the Catholic hospital was bound to take her informed consent. Legal consideration regarding the issue Legal considerations in concern to the issue identified in the… The referred case study evidently symbolises the complexities arising from the intersection of religious influences and moral theology in emergency healthcare deliverance. It also highlights the effects of gaps persisting in the policies laid by the Catholic hospitals in concern to the treatment requirements of rape victims. Conclusively, with concern to the unevenness in the treatment policies of Catholic hospitals, it is recommendable that more transparency and adequacy is required in specifying the rules of rendering treatment facilities to rape victims, keeping the patient’s right to information and their interests among the top priority concerns. The ethical concepts and principles applied to the issue included the civil rights of a rape victim when obtaining emergency treatment facilities that imposed the risk of abortion along with the legitimate authority of the Catholic hospital in withdrawing from delivering adequate information to the patient (a rape victim) when attempting for pregnancy prophylaxis. Accordingly, the principles mentioned under the 5th amendment of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops were also considered in this case, where utmost significance was given to the directives 26, 27 and 45 along with taking into account the other mentioned rules.