CaseStudy on Moral Status
Themoral status of a human being is determined by the characteristicsthrough which they become viable. A fetus is considered a viablehuman being after the fourth week gestation period. This is becausethe heart has already formed and the heartbeat is slightly audibleduring this period (Saunders,2013).As a result, no matter the circumstances or irregularities, the fetusis a human life at this stage.
Theoriesand Recommendation for Action
Thecase study theories are based on the medical results that the fetusdoes not have arms and may be unable to develop them. The case studyis also based on the fact that the fetus possesses a twenty fivepercent chance of developing Down syndrome. Dr. Wilson believes themoral status of the fetus rests solely on the mother to choose due tothe great possibility associated with giving birth to a child withdisabilities. Dr. Wilson incorporates his medical prowess on themother since he wants Jessica to picture the cost of taking care ofand not having enough resources to provide for a baby withdisability. Due to his theory, the doctor recommends abortion as thebest action.
Onthe other hand, Marco did not want the doctor to tell Jessica of thecondition of the fetus. He wanted to convey the news to his wife in agradual manner order to discuss together what they opted to do.Marco’s perspective of moral status involves discussing and workingtogether to establish a common solution of what to do as futureparents.
Themoral status, according to Aunt Maria, is that the baby is a blessingfrom God and that Jessica ought to keep the baby no matter thecircumstances. Her moral theory is that God intended for the baby tobe born with such a condition and thus she should go ahead with thepregnancy and think of herself as a mother to be. She believes thatJessica ought to keep the baby and face all the challenges ofbringing up a child with special needs as God will see her through.Jessicauses the theory that all life is sacred. According to her conviction,she believes that the fetus is already alive and a blessing from God.She believes that the moral status of the fetus is alive and havingan abortion will be the equivalent of murder. According to Jessica,the life in her is sacred and she should keep it.
Onthe other hand, Jessica thinks about the economic struggles of takingcare of a child with special needs. Despite her moral status of everylife is sacred, she is torn between accepting the moral statusimplicated by the doctor and keeping the child. The aspect ofJessica’s dilemma brings out the final theory that the child’smother has the final choice of the decision to make. The ultimatedecision on the fate of the baby rests solely on her since she willbe the one carrying the baby for nine months in her womb (Jaworska &Tannenbaum, 2013).
Themoral status perspective I prefer is that no matter the situation thefetus should be viewed as a pro-life hence, should be safeguarded. Ibelieve every life is sacred and God has a purpose for each and everylife and that human beings are made in the image of God (Schaeffer,2009).In connection to this, I would recommend that the child is born nomatter his physical condition. If the parent is not capable, eitherfinancially or emotionally, of taking care of the child, I wouldprefer they take the child to a Non Governmental Organization programfor people with special needs.
Jaworska,A. & Tannenbaum, J. (2013). TheGrounds of Moral Status.Cambridge: Cambridge Press.
Saunders,D. (2013). TheMoral Status of the Human Embryo: When is a Person a Person?LifeNews.com.
Schaeffer,F.A. (2009).Genesisin Space and Time.InterVarsity Press.