Because it requires making difficult choices, ethical dilemmas are always a concern in medical professional’s daily lives. I had to make moral decisions when I was involved in an abortion case. On Tuesday morning, one hour after I reported to work, the woman and her mother arrived at the medical center. Both parents agreed that termination of the unwanted pregnancy must be done without consent from her father. The situation was complicated for two main reasons. I was Roman Catholic and believed that abortion was prohibited.
However, the reality of the matter was clear to me. I knew that the pregnancy of the little girl resulted in a sexual assault two months before she ran from a nightclub where her friend had raped her. The mother asked me to help her end the pregnancy because she would be suffering mental pain if I saw the baby. We should terminate the pregnancy immediately, as the father could evict her if he discovers she is pregnant.
While I understand the reasons the girl sought an abortion I cannot perform one as I am a Christian. I did not know how to solve the problem. Applying utilitarian logic, I decided to help in terminating the pregnancy. First I looked at the benefits and drawbacks of terminating an abortion. My utilitarian logic led me to conclude that abortion can be ethically permitted provided the other parties are happy, except for my religious beliefs which consider it sinful. My religious beliefs were abandoned in favour of utilitarian philosophy to address the issue.