Essay about Abortion : An Ethical Dilemma

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Abortion: An Ethical Dilemma in Nursing

ABORTION: AN Ethical Dilemma in Nursing
Abortion is defined as premature exit of product of conception such as the fetus, the fetal
Membrane and placenta from the uterus (medicinet 2015). There are various types of abortion such as spontaneous abortion, which happens on its own and can also be called miscarriage. Induced abortion that can also be called deliberate termination of pregnancy by surgery or administration of medication. Abortion remains to be one of the controversial topics in the nation in which the arguments are about for and against. Arguments from both sides vary and that some pro-choice consider abortion as a last option while others want full access to facility under any situations. Prolife stance from totally opposing it to accepting it for certain cases such as rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger (Abortion procon 2015). The question remains, are we more concern about the well being of the mother or the child? Does mother’s autonomy or the right to choose supersede the right of the fetus to live?
Ethical dilemma affects nursing
According to Purtilo & Doherty (2011), “ Ethics can be defined as a systematic reflection of morality.” Moreover, it is a discipline that provides a language, some methods, and guidelines for studying the components of personal, societal and group morality to create a better path for oneself and others (Purtilo & Doherty 2011). It is a set of principles,…

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