Posthumous conception. What do you think? - page 3

by NICU Kristen | 8,504 Views | 54 Comments

Hi everyone! This is an ethics assignment that I found very interesting! I have come to really enjoy my ethics class. :) I am interested in what you all think of this case study: "Jack was in a tragic car accident and now... Read More


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    Quote from silentfades
    "Your last statement is disturbing. "Considerable harm" comes about as a result of adults giving in to their own desires instead of taking care of a child's needs."

    Thank you for your criticism however I do not at all agree with your view.
    But that is the beauty of this world that we can have different thoughts.
    It would be a terrible thing if we all thought alike as then some of us would not be thinking.

    Marc

    I absolutely agree with that statement!
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    Just my personal opinion. I think that it is creepy.
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    Sorry for last comment about being creepy. I was just thinking about the Terri Schiavo case, and maybe I missed something on these posts. Too many instances of "he said, she said, mom heard, dad heard, etc..".without a living will. Ironically, even having a living will can be ambiguous in some (many?) states, and I believe many of these questions would be asked in a court of law: "Is there proof that the couple were actually planning to have a child? If so, did the husband make these wishes known in writing? Or even state this verbally?" It's not like the husband could have declared himself as a "sperm" donor on his driver's license as opposed to a tissue or organ donor. Remember "legal" does not always mean ethical or moral. Interesting topic, and maybe young people may want to consider adding this to a living will. Not sure, because these laws are regulated by state. I do believe that these laws need to change, because I have seen living wills overridden and result in ethics committees. If anyone has any information that they can give me, it would be appreciated.
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    Straight out of an episode of Law and Order.
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    Straight out of an episode of Law and Order.
    Literally. I've seen the episode; however, in that episode the new wife had access to the ex-wife's frozen eggs, and was going to use the posthumously obtained sperm to fertilize an egg and have it implanted into her body.

    A tad more complex than the original question. Good episode.

    Also, I love Law & Order. I <3 Jack McCoy.
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    Quote from GM2RN
    I agree that the parents don't have a say legally, but I do agree with the parents point of view. Just because the wife states that they were actively trying to get pregnant doesn't necessarily mean her husband would have wanted her to try to raise a child on her own.

    As always when considering whether or not to have a child, the NEEDS of the CHILD need to be the priority, not the FEELINGS of the adults involved. It is difficult enough to raise a child with two parents, let alone one, and it's selfish to deliberatley conceive a child as a single person.
    This is a valid point. However.....

    There is nothing to say that the husband would not have died AFTER the child is born, with the same problems. And too few couples take that into account, when planning their families, that BOTH parents need to at least have some ability to adequately provide for the children.

    I personally would believe that the wife's ability to responsibly care for the child are more of an issue, and the scenario provides no data regarding that, which would be more appropriate to assess. Right now it is all feelings regarding the wife and the parents.
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    Quote from GM2RN
    , and it's selfish to deliberatley conceive a child as a single person.
    I am an advocate against single parent families where it can be avoided...premarital sex, etc.

    But I think it unbelievably selfish and incredible of you to believe that a single person should not have a chance at parenthood, especially as this is her husband we are talking about.
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    I believe the wife has all the rights and it is no one else's business. I agree with the poster who said she could freeze sperm and wait a yr.. that would give her time to avoid the knee-jerk reaction. It was her husband and is her right.
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    I think this decision rests with the wife and nobody else. I know plenty of single parent families where the the child is loved, cherished, and their needs are met. There are all different types of families, not just the conventional husband and wife. We're all entitled to our opinions, but no one has the right to deny this woman her late husband's child.
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    Quote from Katie5
    I am an advocate against single parent families where it can be avoided...premarital sex, etc.

    But I think it unbelievably selfish and incredible of you to believe that a single person should not have a chance at parenthood, especially as this is her husband we are talking about.

    Do you even realize what you just wrote? "...that a single person should not have a chance at parenthood..." is a completely selfish point of view that completely ignores any needs of the child.


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