Would it be wrong for parents to abort a fetus with trisomy 21? What moral responsibility, if any, does a pregnant woman have for the fetus discussed in this article?
I don’t think it is right for parents to abort a fetus just because it has trisomy 21. Even though it may not be right, it is ultimately up to the parents to make that decision. If the parents don’t believe they can give the extra time, money and care to a child born with trisomy 21, then they might decide to abort it. Every parent wishes for a perfectly healthy child and a child born with down syndrome is not perfectly healthy, but deserves as much of a right to be born. I think this is true, especially because medical treatments for down syndrome are improving. I personally have a infant cousin that was born with down syndrome and he is one of the cutest, loving, and best behaving babies I have been around. The moral responsibility a pregnant woman has for a fetus with trisomy 21 is giving the fetus a chance at life.
Are there any circumstances that would justify aborting a child with Down syndrome? Does it make a difference if the pregnancy is wanted? Imposed?
I believe that the only circumstances that would justify aborting a child with Down syndrome is if the mother’s life is at risk, or the parents truly don’t believe they can give extra care to a child with down syndrome. I don’t think it makes a difference if the pregnancy is wanted or imposed. I don’t think that a pregnancy should ever be aborted if the reason behind it is simply that the mother does not want a child. If a mother doesn’t want a child, then they should definitely consider adoption before abortion.
What are the strengths of the argument that any kind of prenatal testing is wrong?
Strengths of the argument that any kind of prenatal testing is wrong are that some testing can be wrong and it has a risk of miscarriage. Also, some woman would prefer to not have advanced knowledge of a disorder. Having advanced knowledge could live them with one of the biggest and most stressful choices of their life, which is whether or not to abort it.
What are some moral theories that might bear on these issues?
One moral theory on this issue is that every fetus deserves the chance to live. On the other hand, the parents should have the right to make their own decision on whether or not they can take care of a child with Down syndrome.
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