CSUB’s Kegley Institute of Ethics hosts panel on medical ethics

February 16, 2009
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

Local health care professionals will discuss the ethics of acting from duty and from conscience in a panel discussion sponsored by California State University, Bakersfield's Kegley Institute of Ethics. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the CSUB Student Union multipurpose room.

A panel of experts will focus on the recent extension of the right for health care workers to claim moral exemption from participating in medical procedures where they have a moral concern. Panelist scheduled to participate include Dr. Jennifer Black of Kaiser Permanente; Sandy Wyman Johnson, RN, executive director of mission and service at San Joaquin Community Hospital; Dr. Wendy Crenshaw from San Dimas Medical Group; and Christopher Meyers, director of the Kegley Institute.

"This issue has been present in health care ethics for many years. Currently, the conversation is focused on pharmacists' right to refuse to provide the 'morning after' pill. It has come to the forefront again because former President George Bush issued an executive order prior to leaving office that greatly expanded existing health care regulations regarding moral exemption," said Meyers. "The discussion will include the ramifications of that order and the impact on health care access."

The panel discussion is free and open to the public and parking is free in lot K after 6:30 p.m. For more information contact the institute at (661) 654-2555.