Benchmark - Ethical Dilemmas As humans, we all face ethical dilemmas throughout our lives. These dilemmas can sometimes seem quite small and insignificant, while others are large and have a lasting impact on our lives. These ethical dilemmas exist in the world today because Adam and Eve chose to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which led to the fall of man. How we interpret dilemmas in our own lives is directly affected by our world view, what our personal beliefs are, and if we are willing to stand up for those beliefs. Ethical Dilemma The ethical dilemma that will be discussed throughout this essay is that of a woman who has tried to conceive a child for years, with no success. After many years, Susan finally receives word that she has successfully conceived a child. However, after undergoing a blood test Susan learns that her baby will affected by Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a condition caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. This third chromosome can effect an individual’s quality of life and requires the person affected to be cared for throughout much of their life. After receiving the news that her child is affected by this disease, Susan is presented with the idea of terminating her pregnancy by means of abortion. A respected professor argues that it would be inhumane to bring a child into this world with prior knowledge of a potentially debilitating condition. Susan is forced to make a decision: elect to abort her pregnancy, which she is not comfortable with or bring a child into the world with prior knowledge of this condition. Core Beliefs 1
Christianity and the world view of Christians often looks to the Ten Commandments for guidance on what is wrong or right. The sixth commandment states “thou shalt not murder.” (Exodus 20:13, NIV). There has long been in argument on whether abortion is murder or not.
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