1. Using the Three-Step Ethical Model from Chapter 1 of your text, evaluate the ethical dilemma associated with the refusal of a blood transfusion. Is it legal? I believe at the time the doctors wanted to do everything they could to save both mother and baby. I don’t know if anything would have changed had the doctors known ahead of time of her religious beliefs. I do not feel that it was legal for the state to come in, appoint temporary custody to her unborn fetus and override the mother’s wishes and force her to have a blood transfusion which was against her religious beliefs. Is it balanced? I don’t feel it was balanced; the mother wanted to leave her life up to a higher power because of her religion. She didn’t care about saving herself or her unborn child if it meant going against her religious beliefs. The doctors were thinking of saving both the mother and the baby’s lives, however they would do it at any cost, even if it meant going against her request to not do the blood transfusion.
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- Spring '19
- Ethics, Connor, Caldwell