Case Study on Moral Status Fetal Abnormality

CaseStudy on Moral Status: Fetal Abnormality


Eachperson in this case study has unique arrangements of ethics, morals,and qualities that they have developed in their lifetime. Thesetraits, beliefs, and values have been shaped by the environment, thesociety, friends, and religion. The ethical compass of an individualguides him in making daily decisions about his life and professionalcareer. Besides, it helps people comprehend what is bad and good andassist them amid circumstances where there are different ways theycan examine that are each ethically correct but have differentresults and resolutions. The main objective of this paper is toexplore and recognize the diverse view premises that the charactersAunt Maria, Jessica, Marco, and Doctor Wilson relate to as well asemploy to decide the moral status of the fetus in a case study, “CaseStudy: Fetal Abnormality&quot (n.d.). In addition, the paper willprobe and discuss how each theory influences the character’srecommendation for action. Lastly, it will deliberate on theory Iagree with and how that theory would determine the recommendation foraction.

WorldviewTheories and Impacts

Theway an individual make a choice is influenced by his perspective andparticular good compass, which are shaped by his religion, values,way of life, backgrounds, friends, and a deep sense of being amongmany others. People respond and react differently to situations basedon their perspectives and moral compasses. Medical practitioners aretherefore not only required to have the capacity to understand anddistinguish their individual perspective and ethical compass but alsoto understand those of other people around them. This will enablehealthcare professionals to understand and respect the wishes andopinions of others notwithstanding the fact that perceptions areidiosyncratic, remain fair and open-minded, and provide compassionatecare.

DoctorWilson (Scientism)

Theperspective of Doctor Wilson is influenced by scientism. He usestruths that the results of the test revealed a rare condition of thefetus to inform Marco and Jessica about the ordeal and possiblealternatives. Physician Wilson conveyed the test outcomes withouttaking into account religion factors. He gave his own view thatabortion was logically and medically a viable option in thissituation, and an informed medical decision.

Accordingto Sorell (2013), scientism clarifies occasions and reality in aphysical and material manner. Scientism clears all weighty, religiousand social standpoints in examining, describing and supportingreality. It does not explain what occurs after death. Scientism caninfluence and decide people’s activities by using information andstudies from science, exploratory truths, and by clarifyingsituations in a material or physical manner (Sorell, 2013). From theabove statement, it is clear that there is scientism in theactivities of Physician Wilson. He gives his advice and suggestionfrom physical reality. He proposes abortion as the best and provenoption for the fetus and the mother. Given such a condition of thefetus, science would suggest that life of the fetus be terminated forthe long-term good of the fetus and mother. Dr. Wilson uses thistheory to give his views. Usually, scientism exorcizes all ethereal,religious and social standpoints. Doctor Wilson refused to recognizethe opinion from his client and the family while giving his opinionand suggestions.

AuntMaria (Christianity)

Theperspective of Aunt Maria is Christianity. In the case study, AuntMaria is seeking the divine intervention from God and contacting thepriest for spiritual advice and prayer. Maria does not support theidea of abortion and feels that Jessica should leave everything inthe hand of God.

Accordingto Shelly and Miller (2013), a Christian viewpoint seeks God’s helpin the matter of health and that innovation and science are blessingfrom Him to profit creation. The Christian aspects also recognize theneed to help the deprived and give them comfort since all human raceare made in the image of God. Besides, only God gives life and noperson except Him has a right to terminate that life.


Marcohas a materialistic viewpoint. In this case study, he is portrayed asan individual who cares for her wife, Jessica and will support her inany decision she makes about the developing fetus. However, Macro isworried about the financial and economic challenges they will face inraising and taking care of a physically challenged child. He seesthis as a barrier to their future growth and development.

Realismis a take with few definitions that include outlooks that each itemis material and that there exists particular matter, materialdevelopment and opulence are most high quality and reason in life,and there is meaning in material things (Price &amp Priestley,2014). Realism ignores otherworldly existence, religion, and lifeafter death, and relates backgrounds, occasions, and reality to amatter within the laws of nature (Kasser, 2012).

Jessica(Modern Western perspective and Blended Theories)

Jessicahas mixed perspective on the moral status of the fetus. In one hand,Jessica believes that life is a sacred thing, and her perception isinfluenced by her Christian beliefs. On the contrary, she has arealism perspective. Jessica appears to have similar considerationsto her husband on how the fetus would be an impediment to theiradvancement and financial growth as well as interfere with theirfreedom. Realism viewpoint puts more stress on material goods andmatter than a profound sense of being, religion, quality, or insightin the fetus with a rare condition. As the two ideas shape Jessicadecision, one can conclude that the perspective of Jessica is modernday western since it is influenced by dualism, experimental lookout,and biblical qualities. Western view is influenced by dualism, adivision between two things that will consistently have scrap and canbe viewed as malevolence (matter) having a conflict with the soul(Rubin,2014).

MyPerspective (Blended Theory)

Ipropose a mixed perspective and hypothesis method as the mostappropriate to deal with the sundry predicament and circumstancesdisplayed in person’s lifetime. I believe that every person isunique, meaningful and has a purpose. Everyone has right to live aquality and honorable life, not that of enduring and torment. Medicalstaffs should excellently care for one another physically, profoundlyand sincerely, and maintain an open stance when given challenges oflife. In addition, I believe in science and understand the realcertainties of situations nevertheless, even actualities and sciencecannot be right or misread all the time.

Christianityis the only theory that makes up my present viewpoint in any case,it is this notion that would affect me the most in this situation.Christianity encourages me to have faith in God and allow his will tobe done (Shelly &amp Miller, 2013). In case the fetus survivesbirth, we are obliged as Christians to take care of the baby, dealwith all the challenges that come with it, and love. Science andhealthcare advancement and innovation are also accessible to enablethe child to have additional resources to discover as well as live aquality life.


Eventhough everyone is special, they have their specific methods ofintuition, perspective, and hypotheses on life. Until a person isgiven such a circumstance or difficulty, one cannot accurately saywhat they would believe in or do in such situation. Since each has aunique standpoint on life and perspective on reality, it is importantfor one to have the ability to recognize the viewpoints of othersaround him. Having a diverse view will enable us to be caring andmerciful, impartial, discover our inspiration, meaning in life, anddevelop our own moral compass to guide us in this era.


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