318: Professional Ethics
Outline of Cantor and Baum Essay
WARNING: Explanations in this outline are systematically changed to remove the focus on medicine and pharmacists.
I. Arguments in favor of a right to object to serve a client
II. Arguments against a Right to Object
THREE POSSIBLE ways to go: professional has an absolute right to object, has no right at all, or has a limited right.
The first two choices are not acceptable. An absolute right to object erases any duty of care toward clients. No right to object will mean that professionals cannot evaluate multiple options and reject the ones they think incorrect in a particular case.
In deciding WHEN a professional can refuse services, the decision must be guided by the fiduciary responsibility that says that clients are not to fend for themselves. Therefore, refusal requires referral. Where referral is not practical in an emergency life-or-death situation, professionals cannot refuse services and it is right for the law to spell out their duties.
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