In Which There is not Always a Right Decision

This story was amazing and oddly shocking. Is this surgery removal of a growth? An abortion? A routine procedure? A tragedy? All of the above?
Related note, on the rare occasions when a pregnancy will kill the mother, the child or both, what is the ‘morally right’ decision?

3 comments on “In Which There is not Always a Right Decision

  1. I suspect that after nine years the baby was no longer alive. I would call it a rather unusual form of miscarriage. Also, since the nature of what was removed wasn’t known until after the surgery, there doesn’t appear to be any moral culpability here. In a case such as an ectopic pregnancy, I think medical science needs to keep working on figuring out how to reimplant the baby in the right place. In the meantime, it should be attempted whenever possible, and treated as a long-shot attempt at life-saving surgery. When it fails, as it will until they learn how to make it succeed, we can call that a miscarriage, too. Of course there are other hard cases, but I think there would be far fewer (or rather that we would find them far less hard) if we were more disposed to pursue life than expediency.

  2. Valerie,

    I agree with you 100%. I guess what I was trying to point out was that exceptions and tragedies are just that: Exceptions. We obviously shouldn’t base general rules of conduct on them, nor should we try to get them to fit the general rule.

    However, you are absolutely right: Our current medical establishment doesn’t see the point in trying if it thinks it won’t succeed.

  3. Yep. “Hard cases make bad law,” as they say.

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