Parental refusal of medical treatment of minors for religious reasons

Choose a health care issue with controversial ethical and legal implications that was at the center of a high visibility case in the public domain. Some examples of issues include but are not limited to the following:

Late term abortion

Assisted suicide

Surgical errors

Patient abuse

Parental refusal of medical treatment of minors for religious reasons

Transplant patient selection process

Access to clinical trials by terminal patients

Gender assignment for infants born with intersex anatomy

Survivor selection in conjoined twins

Access to illicit drugs for palliative care

Withholding hydration or nourishment

Life support continuation for brain-dead patients

Medical treatment for the elderly or terminally ill

Donor organ harvesting

Use of placebo in clinical trials

Use of patient data without consent

Stem cell research and treatments

Access to treatments not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Note: There is no time frame during which the case must have occurred for this assignment. Please note, however, that any case selected must be analyzed in the context of laws and policies that existed at the time of the case in addition to current laws and policies.

assignment objectives

Assess opposing views of current polices and the implications from both sides.

Compose a document to employees addressing recent legal and ethical issues which may require changes in how an organization operates.

Explain the value of various policies and procedures at the federal, state and local levels as they relate to the provision of healthcare and patient rights.

Plan an implementation process supporting recent policy changes.

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