CWV-101-RS-T7EthicalDilemmaEssay.docx - 1 Name Course CWV 101 Date Instructor Palsey The Ethics of Abortion The gift of life\u2026just one of God\u2019s many

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Name: Course: CWV 101 Date: Instructor: Palsey The Ethics of Abortion The gift of life…just one of God’s many miracles. It is amazing that a human being can grow life inside one’s own body and then that human being can continue on in life growing and becoming their own person. Jeremiah 1:5 states “before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God knows an individual is meant to exist before they are even a thought in their parents’ minds. For a woman who has just found out her unborn child has Down syndrome, she may be dealing with an ethical dilemma on if she should terminate the pregnancy, or keep the child. Both of these decisions may have grave effects on both the parents and the family members. However, terminating a pregnancy due to the unborn child having Down syndrome is not in the best interest of any party and is unethical. Terminating a pregnancy due to Down syndrome is a difficult situation. This is mainly because it poses the question of the child and parent potentially living in suffering, or terminating the pregnancy and dealing with the guilt of doing so. This guilt exists because of moral law (Uhley, 2015). Children with Down syndrome often have health issues and their caretakers must take on providing for them full-time, which can require a large amount of time or money. However, children with Down syndrome often live happy lives and there are options, such as physical therapy, to make their lives easier (Cohen, 2002, p. 213). If the parent decides they 1
would like to terminate the pregnancy, they may go through cycles of grief and loss and often doubt their decision. A better option for the parent to choose would be to birth the child and either provide the child with resources, or give the child up for adoption. There are many resources out there that can increase the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome, such as yearly psychoeducational evaluations, neurological exams, physical and speech therapies, and developmental programs (Hassold, 1999). There are also many families that are willing to adopt

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