Imagine that you are a professional ethicist and someone comes to you with a dilemma. Their child is very sick and requires expensive medication, but they do not have health insurance or much money at all (presumably your ethical council is free). If the child does not receive this medication, they will certainly die, and there are no known alternative therapies available. There is a pharmacist in town who runs a private business out of her home, and the parent of the sick child is friends with her. What the parent wants to know from you is whether it would be ethical to steal the medication from the pharmacist, knowing that it would cost her money to replace the stolen drug and would be a betrayal of friendship, regardless of whether she ever found out. Using at least one of the theories we have gone over in class, explain how you would resolve this dilemma for the parent.


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