Protection of Conscience Project
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Service, not Servitude

Service, not Servitude

United States

Ohio Pharmacists Association

Conscience Clause

April, 1999

The Ohio Pharmacists Association adopted the following resolution at their meeting the weekend of 17/19 April, 1999.  

Resolution 1-99

Whereas, There is a need for guidance from pharmacy organizations concerning the potential conflict between a pharmacist's duty to provide legal and medically indicated medications and their right to refuse to participate in something they find morally, religiously or ethically objectionable; and

Whereas, Many therapies (e.g., abortifacients, capital punishment, cloning, stem cell and gene therapy, physician-assisted suicide, temination of pregnancy, and termination of life support) may be morally , religiously, or ethically objectionable to a pharmacist: and

Whereas, The Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations currently required accredited institutions to develop a policy allowing for conscientious objection by all healthcare employees, some of these policies are vague and do not address the specific concerns of pharmacists; be it

Resolved, That the Ohio Pharmacists Association supports a pharmacist's right to conscientious objection to morally, religiously, or ethically troubling therapies while protecting the patient's right to obtain legally and medically indicated treatments for them.