Pre-term Labor vs. Prenatal Harm Essay by The Research Group

Pre-term Labor vs. Prenatal Harm
This paper examines a case of 19-year-old unmarried pregnant woman in premature labor who wishes to stop medication thus preventing birth: Ethical issues, patient rights, danger to fetus, legalities and roles of doctors and nurses.
# 18781 | 2,250 words | 7 sources | 1991 | US
Published on Feb 19, 2003 in Medical and Health (General) , Ethics (General)

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"Through advances in medical technology, the opportunities for intervening with patient destiny by restoring heart beat and respiration or kidney function, among other symptoms, are both numerous and fascinating. However, some people may believe that their destiny should not be tampered with. The question of whether to give or withhold care is a moral decision which health care professionals must deal with. Client choices may be justified by the principle of self-determination, and other decisions may be justified by the principle of the patient's best interests. Further complications arise when a pregnant but competent mother makes decisions regarding her fetus that will probably bring harm to it. Since a fetus cannot speak for itself, the question arises as to who will speak for it."

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