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In the case of Denise the single mother and her eight year old daughter Sally the two of them face a moral dilemma Denise cannot afford the anticonvulsant drugs needed to control Sallys extreme seizures Since she cannot afford them she steals the medicine from the drug store where she is employed as a check-out clerk This way she can still provide a home food and clothing for her daughter and herself This in essence keeps Sally alive and Denise self-sufficient Denise believes strongly in the value of working and does not want to be unemployed just to qualify for medical insurance Denise knows that she is facing a moral problem but she feels that as a mother she has no other options In the strictest sense of the law stealing is illegal Denise is taking something that she did not pay for and is not hers therefore she is acting illegally The reductionist theory states that a person is free to do what is positively prohibited by law Theft is strictly prohibited in the criminal code and is fully punishable through the justice system What Denise is doing is against the law Laws are created to protect regulate and control society and if they are not adhered to then the societal standards values and ethics are in jeopardy If every person in society was to choose what laws they wanted to follow there would be no control in society and it would ultimately lead or end up in anarchy If Denise is caught stealing the medicine from her employer then she should be punished Denise is committing an illegal act and should be treated the same way any other employee who is doing the same act would be in accordance with company policies She should lose her job and not be able to receive a letter of recommendation This punishment would be enough as she is desperate for her
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