Abortion And The Mentally Handicapped Essay

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Abortion And The Mentally Handicapped

Abortion and the Mentally Handicapped

Matt Domin
MWF 9:00

Ms. Smith,
We of the Ethics Committee have reviewed your case for an extended
period of time. We took into consideration, for our decision, the yearn of any
female to experience childbearing, child birth, and the joy of raising young.
Being a mother is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and once you become a mother
you are a mother for life. There is a tremendous amount of responsibility and
work that goes along with having children. We understand your desire to
continue the pregnancy, and to keep the child, but due to your legal status,
mental health, and the baby's well being, the decision to terminate the
pregnancy has been reached and voted for unanimously.
Your mother has proper legal custody, and as you know, wants the
abortion to take place. We agree with her concern for your well-being. Child
birth is an extremely stressful situation. The trauma of the pregnancy could
intensify your paranoid schizophrenia, or cause some other mental disorder. Mrs.
Smith has informed us that she herself is not capable of caring for the child.
We feel that you will suffer further if you are forced to give up the child.
Your psychiatrist has come to the conclusion that you are not capable of being a
responsible parent, but you are, at times, capable of making rational moral
decisions. However, because you are not able to make important, rational, moral
decisions most of the time your mother can claim that you are not mentally
capable of raising a child. Also. We took in to account that the father of this
unborn child is unknown. There is no one to help you make this decision, but
more importantly, there is not another parental figure to aid in the raising and
caring for this child. From testimonies from your mother and your psychiatrist,
it is our understanding that you can do neither on your own.
Ms. Smith, you have been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. As you
know, the treatment for paranoid schizophrenia is a variety of different drugs.
This gives you a slightly higher chance of having fetal defects such as cystic
fibrosis, pulmonary emphysema, abruptioplacentae, miscarriage, or placenta
previa to name a few. We also feel that there is an increased chance that the
child will develop a mental disorder. It is not fair for the child or its' care
takers to suffer from deformities that were caused from drug reactions. You
must understand our position in caring for the physical health and safety of
this child.
You will not be able to provide for the child, because you have no
annual income. We feel that the child will not have equal opportunities to have
positive growth and development because of this. Living in Community Hospital's
long term care unit does not provide a heathy environment for the baby to live
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