GCU Nursing Philosophy Christian View Of The Nature Of Human Persons

Based on “Case Study: Fetal Abnormality” and other required topic study materials, write a 750‐1,000‐word reflection that answers the following questions:

  1. What is the Christian view of the nature of human persons, and which theory of moral status is it compatible with? How is this related to the intrinsic human value and dignity?
  2. Which theory or theories are being used by Jessica, Marco, Maria, and Dr. Wilson to determine the moral status of the fetus? What from the case study specifically leads you to believe that they hold the theory you selected?
  3. How does the theory determine or influence each of their recommendations for action?
  4. What theory do you agree with? Why? How would that theory determine or influence the recommendation for action?

Remember to support your responses with the topic study materials.

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Case Study: Fetal Abnormality

Jessica is

a 30-year-old immigrant from Mexico

City. She and her husband Marco have been in

the United States for the last three years and

have finally earned enough money to

move out

of

their Aunt

Maria’s home and into an

apartment of their own. They are both hard

workers. Jessica

works 50 hours a

week at a local restaurant

and

Marco has been contracting side jobs in

construction. Six months before their

move to an apartment, Jessica

finds out

she is pregnant.

Four months

later,

Jessica

and Marco

arrive at the county hospital, a large, public,

nonteaching

hospital. A preliminary ultrasound indicates

a possible abnormality

with the fetus. Further scans

are

conducted, and

it is determined that the fetus

has a rare condition in which it has not

developed any arms

and

will

not

likely

develop

them. There is also a

25%

chance

that the fetus

may have Down syndrome.

Dr.

Wilson,

the primary attending physician,

is seeing Jessica for the first time, since she and

Marco did not receive earlier

prenatal care over

concerns about finances. Marco insists that

Dr.

Wilson refrain from telling Jessica the

scan results, assuring him that

he will tell his wife himself

when she is

emotionally

ready for

the news. While

Marco and Dr.

Wilson are

talking in

another

room, Aunt Maria walks

into the room with a distressed look on her

face.

She can tell that

something is wrong and

inquires of Dr. Wilson. After hearing of the diagnosis,

she walks out of

the room

wailing loudly and praying aloud.

Marco and Dr. Wilson continue

their discussion, and Dr.

Wilson insists that he

has an obligation

to Jessica as his patient and that she has

a right to know the diagnosis

of the fetus.

He

furthermore is intent

on discussing all

relevant factors and

options

regarding the next step,

including abortion. Marco insists on taking some time to

think of how to

break the

news

to

Jessica, but Dr. Wilson, frustrated with the direction

of

the

conversation, informs the

husband

that such

a choice

is not his to make.

Dr. Wilson proceeds back across the hall, where he

walks

in on Aunt Maria awkwardly praying with Jessica and phoning

the priest. At that point, Dr.

Wilson gently

but briefly informs Jessica of the

diagnosis and

lays out the option for abortion

as

a responsible

medical

alternative, given the quality

of

life such a child

would have.

Jessica

looks

at him and struggles to hold

back

her tears.

Jessica is

torn between

her hopes of a

better

socioeconomic position and

increased independence,

along with her conviction that all

life is sacred. Marco will support Jessica in whatever

decision

she makes but is finding it

difficult

not to view the pregnancy and the prospects of a disabled

child as

a burden and

a barrier to their economic security and plans.

Dr. Wilson lays out all of the

options but clearly makes his view

known that abortion is “scientifically”

and medically a

wise

choice in this situation. Aunt

Maria

pleads

with Jessica to follow through with

the pregnancy and

allow what “God intends” to take place

and

urges Jessica to

think of her responsibility as a

mother.

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