Case Study: Fetal Abnormality Management

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PHI 413 Case Study: Fetal Abnormality Management

Case Study: Fetal Abnormality Management

Case Study: Fetal Abnormality Management

Case Study: Fetal Abnormality

Jessica is a 30-year-old immigrant from Mexico City. She and her husband Marco have been in the United States for the last three years and have finally earned enough money to move out of their Aunt Maria’s home and into an apartment of their own. They are both hard workers. Jessica works 50 hours a week at a local restaurant and Marco has been contracting side jobs in construction. Six months before their move to an apartment, Jessica finds out she is pregnant.

Four months later, Jessica and Marco arrive at the county hospital, a large, public, nonteaching hospital. A preliminary ultrasound indicates a possible abnormality with the fetus. Further scans are conducted, and it is determined that the fetus has a rare condition in which it has not developed any arms and will not likely develop them. There is also a 25% chance that the fetus may have Down syndrome.

Dr. Wilson, the primary attending physician, is seeing Jessica for the first time, since she and Marco did not receive earlier prenatal care over concerns about finances. Marco insists that Dr. Wilson refrain from telling Jessica the scan results, assuring him that he will tell his wife himself when she is emotionally ready for the news. While Marco and Dr. Wilson are talking in another room, Aunt Maria walks into the room with a distressed look on her face. She can tell that something is wrong and inquires of Dr. Wilson. After hearing of the diagnosis, she walks out of the room wailing loudly and praying aloud.

Marco and Dr. Wilson continue their discussion, and Dr. Wilson insists that he has an obligation to Jessica as his patient and that she has a right to know the diagnosis of the fetus. He furthermore is intent on discussing all relevant factors and options regarding the next step, including abortion. Marco insists on taking some time to think of how to break the news to Jessica, but Dr. Wilson, frustrated with the direction of the conversation, informs the husband that such a choice is not his to make. Dr. Wilson proceeds back across the hall, where he walks in on Aunt Maria awkwardly praying with Jessica and phoning the priest. At that point, Dr. Wilson gently but briefly informs Jessica of the diagnosis and lays out the option for abortion as a responsible medical alternative, given the quality of life such a child would have. Jessica looks at him and struggles to hold back her tears.

Jessica is torn between her hopes of a better socioeconomic position and increased independence, along with her conviction that all life is sacred. Marco will support Jessica in whatever decision she makes but is finding it difficult not to view the pregnancy and the prospects of a disabled child as a burden and a barrier to their economic security and plans. Dr. Wilson lays out all of the options but clearly makes his view known that abortion is “scientifically” and medically a wise choice in this situation. Aunt Maria pleads with Jessica to follow through with the pregnancy and allow what “God intends” to take place and urges Jessica to think of her responsibility as a mother.

Assessment Description

Based on “Case Study: Fetal Abnormality” and the required topic Resources, write a 750-1,000-word reflection that answers the following questions:

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  1. What is the Christian view of the nature of human persons, and which theory of moral status is it compatible with? How is this related to the intrinsic human value and dignity?
  2. Which theory or theories are being used by Jessica, Marco, Maria, and Dr. Wilson to determine the moral status of the fetus? What from the case study specifically leads you to believe that they hold the theory you selected?
  3. How does the theory determine or influence each of their recommendations for action?
  4. What theory do you agree with? Why? How would that theory determine or influence the recommendation for action?

Remember to support your responses with the topic Resources.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.

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Write a 250-500 word analysis of “Case Study: Fetal Abnormality.” Be sure to address the following questions:

Which theory or theories are being used by Jessica, Marco, Maria, and Dr. Wilson to determine the moral status of the fetus? Explain.
How does the theory determine or influence each of their recommendation for action?
What theory do you agree with? How would the theory determine or influence the recommendation for action?
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

You must proofread your paper before submitting it.
However, do not rely solely on your computer’s spell- and grammar-checkers; failing to do so demonstrates a lack of effort on your part, and your grade will suffer accordingly.
Numerous misspelled words and grammatical errors will result in a penalty.
Before submitting your paper, read it over — silently and then aloud – and make any necessary edits.
Often, having a friend check your writing for obvious flaws is beneficial.
Corrections made by hand are preferable to uncorrected errors.

Utilize a conventional typeface of 10 to 12 points (10 to 12 characters per inch).
It’s difficult to read smaller or compressed type and sheets with small margins or single-spacing.
It is preferable to allow your essay to exceed the recommended page count than to attempt to condense it into fewer pages.

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The paper must be formatted cleanly, double-spaced, and with a one-inch margin on all sides and top of each page.
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Questions for Discussion (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all aspects of the questions, incorporate at least one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words in length.

Successful comments are substantive (i.e., they contribute something new to the conversation, they engage others in the discussion, and they contain at least one scholarly source).

One- or two-sentence comments, simple affirmations of agreement or “excellent post,” and off-topic responses will not be considered substantive.
Responses should be at least 150 words in length.

I invite you to incorporate the week’s readings into your comments (where applicable).

Weekly Involvement

The obligatory DQ’s initial responses do not count toward participation and are scored separately.

Along with the DQ responses, you must post at least one response to peers (or to me) on three distinct days, for a total of three responses.

No scholarly source/citation is required for participation posts (unless you cite another author’s work).

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These notifications are provided to ensure that you are aware of all of the tasks that are due during the week.

APA Style and Writing Prowess

Familiarize yourself with the APA format and practice correctly applying it.
It is used for the majority of writing assignments associated with your degree.
For APA paper templates, citation examples, and recommendations, visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, accessible via the Resources option in LoudCloud.
Points will be removed for ineffective use of the APA format or for the complete absence of the APA format (if required).

All sources of information must be cited!
Cite the source whenever possible.
Additionally, paraphrasing requires a citation.

I strongly advise you to use the sixth edition of the APA Publication Manual.

Utilization of Direct Quotes

At the Masters’ level, I discourage excessive use of direct quotes in DQs and assignments and deduct points accordingly.

It is crucial for you to be able to critically assess and comprehend information from journal articles and other sources as Masters’ level students.
Simply restating another’s words does not demonstrate comprehension or critical analysis of the material.

It is preferable to paraphrase and cite your sources.

Policy LopesWrite

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Please examine your report after you have got it.
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Spend a few more minutes reviewing rather than being penalized for these errors.

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Is the majority of your paper composed of someone else’s opinions rather than your own?

For advice on how to improve your paper and SI score, visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, accessible via the Resources option in LoudCloud.

Policy on Late Arrivals

The university’s late assignment policy is a 10% penalty PER DAY LATE.
This also holds true for late DQ responses.

Kindly contact me if you anticipate submitting an assignment late.
I am happy to accommodate special requests with enough notice.
We may be able to arrange you an extension if extenuating circumstances exist.

If you do not contact me prior to submitting an assignment late, GCU’s late policy will apply.

I will not accept projects that are more than two weeks late unless an extension has been agreed upon.

Assignments are not accepted after the last day of class, per policy.
Any assignment submitted after 12:00 a.m. on the final day of class will not be graded.

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This is an excellent location to address questions about course content or assignments.
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This is a private forum where you may ask me questions or send me messages.
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