Benchmark– Ethical Dilemmas Ethical dilemmas are difficultsituations where one must take one of two moral decisions that are in conflict,one which is wrong and one that is right.
People deal with ethical dilemmas intheir everyday life. Some dilemmas have small consequences that are easy todeal with while others have bigger, negative consequences. It takes great skillin maintaining morality and good ethical decision making to assure that you aremaking the right thing. Poor ethical decisions often lead to risks to society,social injustice, and exploitation (Lindebaum, Geddes, & Gabriel, 2017). Avery common ethical dilemma in today’s society is whether having an abortion isethical or not and if it should be legal or not.
In the following paragraphs Iwill analyze the abortion dilemma by standards of the Christian worldview andcompare it with opposing point of views. EthicalDilemma This case involves a mother who isexpecting a child after many years of trying. The mother, Susan, is delightedwith the news of becoming a mother. However, shortly after the good news she isnotified that her baby has Down syndrome. Susan’s doctors along with Richard,an influential professor of evolutionary biology, are encouraging her to abortthe baby to prevent lifelong suffering of the baby and Susan herself. Aftermany years of trying Susan finally got pregnant, but she now has to decide ifhaving a baby will be worth it with the amount of attention the baby will need.Aborting an unborn child is unethical in the Christian worldview, but Susanwants to keep a balanced life with work and family. Down syndrome is a geneticdisorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partialcopy of chromosome 21 (Clinic Staff, Mayo, 2017).
Taking care of a child withthese disabilities requires extra attention and commitment, which will make ita lot harder for Susan to maintain balance between her family and work. Susanhas to decide and do one of the following: Abort the baby which will be on herconscience and is unethical in the Christian worldview or have the baby andsacrifice her time and commitment to make sure that the baby lives a good life.CoreBeliefs Core beliefs are the things that you believe areright no matter what other people think. One of my core beliefs is stated inthe sixth amendment, “You shall not kill” (NIV). An unborn baby is a life in themaking and if you abort, it is the same as killing someone.
Only difference isthat the baby was not given a chance to come into this world. Also, you wouldbe messing with God’s plan for you by taking away the child that he had foryou. Even though abortion is accepted by many and legal in many parts of theworld, it is unethical in the Christian worldview and in God’s eyes. Another core belief is inGenesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God hecreated them; male and female he created them” (NIV). God created all of us,male and female. Women were given the responsibility by God to bring human kindto life. This means that we do not have the power to end a life, no matter ifit is unborn or not because God created all of us and has a plan for each ofus.
This means that not only would you be killing the baby but also God’sentire plan for this baby. If Susan were to terminate her pregnancy she wouldalso be terminating God’s plan which is against the Christian worldview.Resolution Christian worldview’s suggestion forresolving this ethical dilemma is for Susan to keep the baby even though itwill be challenging. Christian or not, Susan should not get an abortion becauseshe is not aware of God’s plan for her.
Having a baby comes with many risks andSusan is now experiencing one of those risks. However, she has been waiting fora baby for years and now that she is blessed with one she should keep it.Susan’s best option is to look for support on how to raise her child and givethe child the attention that it needs.Evaluation Susan would be facing many consequences if she doesdecide to keep the baby. Research has indicated that families of children withdisabilities, including Down syndrome, experience barriers in achieving optimalfamily recreation (Young, Kyzar, Tolbert, & Huckaby, 2016). As you can see,Susan will be very limited when trying to do things with her family. Not onlywill the child not be able to do certain things that the family may want to do,but the parents will focus too much on the care giving of their child that theywon’t have time for themselves.
This shows that having a baby with disabilitiesis not easy and requires lots of dedication and selflessness. Just like JesusChrist showed us selflessness by dying on the cross for our sins, Susan must dothat and live out God’s plan for her. Susan’s benefits are that she will now beable to care for a baby that she has been trying to have for years. JesusChrist does not put something in your way without giving you the strength tofight through it, which means that Susan will be able to care for her childwith Down syndrome with no problem.
Comparison The resolution in the Christianworldview is a lot more complicated than what Susan is being encouraged to do.Susan will have to make sure that her child is filled with happiness and ensurethat the child is healthy. She will have to do this for the rest of her life,because disabled children require extra attention. Susan will have to change herlife in order to accommodate to her child’s needs. Although getting an abortionmight seem the best decision to get out of this huge responsibility, it isunethical and is also considered murder in the Christian worldview’s standards. ConclusionAs you can see, ethical dilemmasare things that we face on our daily lives. It is up to us how we face thosedilemmas and that will identify our morality.
We have all kinds of argumentsthese days and we have to decide if they are ethical or not. In this case, amajor ethical dilemma is whether or not getting an abortion is ethicalconsidering that the baby has Down syndrome. However in the Christian worldviewit is ethical to not abort and trust in God’s plan.
This is because we are allcreated in God’s image and we should all be loved and treated equally, nomatter our circumstances.