Based on “Case Study: Fetal Abnormality” and other required topic study materials, write a 750‐1,000‐word reflection that answers the following questions:
- What is the Christian view of the nature of human persons, and which theory of moral status is it compatible with? How is this related to the intrinsic human value and dignity?
- Which theory or theories are being used by Jessica, Marco, Maria, and Dr. Wilson to determine the moral status of the fetus? What from the case study specifically leads you to believe that they hold the theory you selected?
- How does the theory determine or influence each of their recommendations for action?
- What theory do you agree with? Why? How would that theory determine or influence the recommendation for action?
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Case Study: Fetal Abnormality
a 30-year-old immigrant from Mexico
City. She and her husband Marco have been in
the United States for the last three years and
have finally earned enough money to
Maria’s home and into an
apartment of their own. They are both hard
works 50 hours a
week at a local restaurant
Marco has been contracting side jobs in
construction. Six months before their
move to an apartment, Jessica
she is pregnant.
arrive at the county hospital, a large, public,
hospital. A preliminary ultrasound indicates
a possible abnormality
with the fetus. Further scans
it is determined that the fetus
has a rare condition in which it has not
developed any arms
them. There is also a
that the fetus
may have Down syndrome.
the primary attending physician,
is seeing Jessica for the first time, since she and
Marco did not receive earlier
prenatal care over
concerns about finances. Marco insists that
Wilson refrain from telling Jessica the
scan results, assuring him that
he will tell his wife himself
when she is
the news. While
Marco and Dr.
room, Aunt Maria walks
into the room with a distressed look on her
She can tell that
something is wrong and
inquires of Dr. Wilson. After hearing of the diagnosis,
she walks out of
wailing loudly and praying aloud.
Marco and Dr. Wilson continue
their discussion, and Dr.
Wilson insists that he
has an obligation
to Jessica as his patient and that she has
a right to know the diagnosis
of the fetus.
furthermore is intent
on discussing all
relevant factors and
regarding the next step,
including abortion. Marco insists on taking some time to
think of how to
Jessica, but Dr. Wilson, frustrated with the direction
conversation, informs the
is not his to make.
Dr. Wilson proceeds back across the hall, where he
in on Aunt Maria awkwardly praying with Jessica and phoning
the priest. At that point, Dr.
but briefly informs Jessica of the
lays out the option for abortion
alternative, given the quality
life such a child
at him and struggles to hold
her hopes of a
socioeconomic position and
along with her conviction that all
life is sacred. Marco will support Jessica in whatever
she makes but is finding it
not to view the pregnancy and the prospects of a disabled
a burden and
a barrier to their economic security and plans.
Dr. Wilson lays out all of the
options but clearly makes his view
known that abortion is “scientifically”
and medically a
choice in this situation. Aunt
with Jessica to follow through with
the pregnancy and
allow what “God intends” to take place
urges Jessica to
think of her responsibility as a