Friday, June 30, 2006

Pregnancy Ethics

A professor in a college ethics class presented his students with a problem. He said, “A man has syphilis and his wife has tuberculosis. They have had four children: one has died, the other three have what is considered to be a terminal illness. The mother is pregnant. What do you recommend?” After a spirited discussion, the majority of the class voted that she abort the child. “Fine,” said the professor. “You’ve just killed Beethoven.”

-HIS magazine, February 1984-

4 Comments:

At Friday, June 30, 2006 10:26:00 AM, Blogger Pastor Josh said...

That is a great story. It is also so true. I think Mozart or Bahl had a real good story to them to. That's were humans get into trouble. WE take things in out own hands. When everything is supposed to be in Gods hands. Great post.

 
At Saturday, July 01, 2006 1:54:00 AM, Anonymous bobby grow said...

I don't like that argument; i.e. the argument that Beethoven was killed, because it presupposes that a person's value is tied to their "functionality" and their contribution to society (such as Beethoven's music).

I've never heard this scenario given, and the "punch line being": 'Fine . . .', 'You've just killed a retarded baby'! ;-)

 
At Saturday, July 01, 2006 8:30:00 PM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Very good point Bobby! I agree fully. What I do like about the argument (if it even is one), is that it addresses those who think they can predict the future by circumstances (play God).

Point well said though,

Doug

 
At Sunday, July 02, 2006 1:47:00 AM, Anonymous bobby grow said...

I agree with you on the "future" aspect, Doug! This scenario is probably more rhetoric, than a finely tuned argument!

 

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