Is autonomy an absolute moral principle? Discuss this question within the context of Mrs. Rowland, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones. Do you think it is wrong for a pregnant woman to refuse medical advise in cases in which her refusal endangers the fetus? If so, do you think it is equally wrong for couples at risk for conceiving genetically defective offspring to refuse prenatal genetic testing and selective abortion? Do an Internet search for “Tay-Sachs Disease.” Do you think couples at risk of conceiving a child with Tay-Sachs Disease are morally obligated to utilize prenatal genetic testing and opt for selective discard in cases in which tests are positive? If the couple chooses to carry the fetus to term, should taxpayers be forced to fund the infant’s care? Is this an appropriate use of scarce medical resources? Answer within the context of the assigned readings.


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