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DQ: How does your position affect your stance on controversial bioethical issues, such as abortion, designer babies, and stem cell research?

DQ How does your position affect your stance on controversial bioethical issues, such as abortion, designer babies, and stem cell research

PHI 413 Topic 2 DQ 2

Every single one of us, in my view, has value. Humans were created in God’s likeness and are tasked with carrying out God’s plan for the planet. Everything happens for a reason, and I think that God has a purpose for everyone of us, even if we don’t recognize it or comprehend it. Individuals, in my opinion, have the right to make their own decisions. Abortion, in my opinion, may be justified in extreme circumstances, such as when the mother’s life is endangered by pregnancy difficulties or when the pregnancy is the consequence of rape. I believe that when two consenting adults participate in an action that is known to result in pregnancy and that pregnancy occurs, the result should be acknowledged and supported as a matter of principle and duty. My position, on the other hand, cannot supersede an individual’s right to self-determination, therefore I am pro-choice. Because they have an influence on human life, bioethical concerns, abortion, designer babies, and stem cell research are all contentious.

The issue is whether these things are good or destructive to God’s creation of human life. I support stem cell research because studies show that this science has the potential to heal or cure a wide range of ailments. When the issue of “designer babies” is discussed in the context of reducing the possibility of birth malformations and disabilities, it looks to be a promising one. On the other side, prospective parents are emotionally and financially committed in this therapy. Because of this investment and medical science’s expanding ability to modify gender and other physical features, we risk enticing people into fantasizing about and attempting to make the “ideal kid”. Therefore, I don’t support” designer babies”.

Along with this week’s topic…the COVID-19 virus has presented us with some very significant challenges. The demographic at high risk appears to be the elderly. How does what you’ve learned this week about Imago Dei and the sanctity of life inform your attitude toward the care of the elderly?

I think with COVID and even other diseases such as the flu that are higher risk to elderly, there are many people out there who are very compassionate towards the elderly population and want to do everything to protect them. Unfortunately, we have also seen many people who are not, my mind goes mostly to anti-vaxxers. These people seem willing to sacrifice older generations for the sake of “personal choice” or even conspiracy theories surrounding the vaccine. I do think whether or not you get the vaccine should still be up to personal choice, employers and others shouldn’t be forcing people to get vaccinated under threat of losing their job, but people still should consider who they are affecting by not accepting the vaccine. Their co-worker’s children who are too young for the vaccine, their friend who is undergoing chemotherapy, or their grandparent who is at high risk of dying from the disease even with a vaccine. Every one of those lives is important, simply because they are God’s creations and He loves them all more than we can understand, and it is our job to treat every life as sacred and protect them to the best of our ability.

This question hits close to home as my boyfriend and I are currently at home quarantined with the COVID-19 virus. I am also an emergency room nurse and prior to me being in quarantine for COVID-19 virus, I took care of many elderly individual with the COVID-19 virus. With learning about Imago Dei, I do not think it will change my care any differently because I treated my patients with dignity and respect prior to knowing what this term was (White, 2020). It is nice now knowing an official definition for my views though and if I ever start to have a weak point and start to sway from these views, I will remember Imago Dei.

References

White, N. (2020). Practicing dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision making in health care. Grand Canyon University. Retrieved from https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/2

I believe that my attitude toward to the care of the elderly is a dignified, respectful and compassionate approach. I do not hesitate to care for the Covid positive patients even though I have Lupus and at times take medications that cause me to be even more immunocompromised. I protect myself with the proper personal protective equipment and while caring for them, I do not treat them in a manner that would let them think I am fearful or unhappy to be their nurse. I understand the elderly are at significant risk to succumb to Covid, That is why I did not plan a visit with my elderly mother who was in a nursing home until I was fully vaccinated and the surge of Covid infections was on the decrease. Every life is important whether it be that of a newborn who has just begun their life or the elderly who have lived long lives, every human, every life deserves to be treated with dignity, compassion, care and respect.

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Hi Dr. Smartt, I agree with you that COVID-19 virus has been challenging. This virus has affected many people, and the elderly has been one of the high-risk group populations. As a Christian, I belief in the concept that God created every human in the image of God; consequently, all human beings are worth the same. When providing care as a nurse during this time of COVID-19, I see a human being regardless of race, age, sex, or educational level, I provide care to the needed. However, an elder person is more vulnerable, and at higher risk for other medical conditions and It makes me sad that many people don’t take the proper precautions to protect this population. I have teenage kids, and I always tell them they need to take the precautions necessary to prevent them from getting COVID-19 to protect my parents and grandmother.

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White, Nathan H. (2020). God, humanity, and human dignity. In Grand Canyon University [GCU]. Practicing Dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision making in healthcare. (ch.2). https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/2

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Every single one of us, in my view, has value. Humans were created in God’s likeness and are tasked with carrying out God’s plan for the planet. Everything happens for a reason, and I think that God has a purpose for everyone of us, even if we don’t recognize it or comprehend it. Individuals, in my opinion, have the right to make their own decisions. Abortion, in my opinion, may be justified in extreme circumstances, such as when the mother’s life is endangered by pregnancy difficulties or when the pregnancy is the consequence of rape. I believe that when two consenting adults participate in an action that is known to result in pregnancy and that pregnancy occurs, the result should be acknowledged and supported as a matter of principle and duty. My position, on the other hand, cannot supersede an individual’s right to self-determination, therefore I am pro-choice. Because they have an influence on human life, bioethical concerns, abortion, designer babies, and stem cell research are all contentious. The issue is whether these things are good or destructive to God’s creation of human life. I support stem cell research because studies show that this science has the potential to heal or cure a wide range of ailments. When the issue of “designer babies” is discussed in the context of reducing the possibility of birth malformations and disabilities, it looks to be a promising one. On the other side, prospective parents are emotionally and financially committed in this therapy. Because of this investment and medical science’s expanding ability to modify gender and other physical features, we risk enticing people into fantasizing about and attempting to make the “ideal kid”. Therefore, I don’t support” designer babies”.

 

References

Meilaender, G. (2013). Bioethics: A Primer for Christians (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

White, N. (2020). God, humanity, and human dignity. Practicing Dignity: An Introduction to Christian Values and Decision Making in Health Care. https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/1.

 

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It brings me peace when reading your post that God has a purpose for all of us. I have had a hard week as I have been battling COVID. This has been very frustrating for me as I am normally a busy body and hate having to be home with no energy. We also had individuals who use to be close friends not reach out to us even by text to check in on us, which does not help the situation at all knowing that we probably are no longer friends. I just need to put my trust in God that this is all part of His plan.

 

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Growing up in a spiritual household as a person of faith and shaped by religion, I have been taught that human life is precious and priceless. It is also my experience that most people I have encountered feel the same way. Growing up, I was introduced to the doctrine of Imago Dei and that we have all been created in the image of God. However, as a human being filled with emotions, I cannot help but feel the contradiction and selfishness that I value the life of my family or loved one more than a complete stranger on the other side of the world. It is human nature to feel this way. My point is that although I think we are all created equal in the eyes of God, we are not perfect, and we are flawed and cannot help but value some lives more than others. In addition, as imperfect beings, we can be judgemental and not always realize someone else’s experiences and beliefs are very different than our own but of no less importance.

As a woman and a nurse, how I feel about controversial bioethical issues is as personal to me as I am sure it is to a patient I may have to treat. I have made personal and professional choices to reserve judgment on these controversial matters. I do not assume my values or beliefs are more important to me than those of other individuals I may encounter or treat.

Thank you for sharing; My roots are based on the principle that life is a gift and should be respected. We live in difficult times where many of us have lost a loved one, a friend; I am sure we all have had a deep reflection. It is challenging as health care providers when we encounter ourselves an ethical dilemma; one vivid example is when the pandemic started. There were not enough ventilators for each patient that needed it to be treated, leaving it up to the health care providers to decide who would get the next available ventilator. As healthcare providers, we are committed to providing the best care and advocating for our patients; in situations like this where we may feel powerless and contradict our convictions, I agree with your statement; we are ultimately caregivers that we are here to treat and care with kindness respecting each individual belief and faith.

Bioethical issues have an important impact on how human value is understood and upheld. Different perspectives and worldviews shape how individuals approach and make decisions about these issues. This approach recognizes that human life is a gift from a higher power, and humans have a moral duty to preserve it. This belief in the inherent value of human life has implications for various bioethical issues such as abortion and designer babies This worldview on abortion emphasizes the sanctity of life and the divinity and moral principle that prioritizes the preservation and sustainability of life above personal interests (Thomet, 2019). In this view, abortion is seen as a violation of the moral principle of respecting and protecting human life (Thomet, 2019). Similarly, this perspective on designer babies recognizes that humans are not the ultimate creators or designers of life.

Challenging the natural order of conception and manipulating the genetic makeup of individuals can be seen as going against the divine plan for humanity. From this worldview, it can be considered a violation of the moral principles of piety and respect for the authority and design of the Creator (Thomet, 2019). However, in the case of stem cell research, this worldview expresses a belief that it does not contradict this worldview. This suggests that this perspective recognizes the potential benefits of scientific progress and the application of critical thinking skills in the healthcare industry. This highlights the importance of intention and intention in the application of scientific findings. When its use in research and health care is guided by a commitment to promoting the well-being and well-being of individuals, it can be consistent with this worldview’s emphasis on the value of human life.

Reference

Thomet, S. P. (2019). Female Autonomy, Foetal Personhood and the English Legal Stance on Abortion Practice. QMLJ10, 27.