Essay on Analysis of an Ethical Dilemma from Current Events

1334 Words May 15th, 2011 6 Pages
Analysis of Ethical Dilemma from Current Events
Karen Perion
Grand Canyon University

Analysis of Ethical Dilemma from Current Events
“A dilemma is a problem that requires a choice between two options that are equally unfavorable and mutually exclusive” (Burkhardt, 2008, p. 118). Ethical dilemmas involve conflicting moral debates. People deal with dilemmas daily; whether or not they realize it. Deciding between two different jobs, figuring out which party to attend on the same night, or giving a patient pain medication knowing they are addicted are dilemmas one might be faced with. Knowing how to overcome and work your way through a dilemma is the expectation. I found an article in The SUN discussing a mother, Kerry,
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“All this pain and effort now will benefit Britney no end” (Pearce, 2011).
I feel no harm should ever come to a child. There is no reason a mother should be giving her eight year old child injections to make her more attractive to be a superstar. There are so many ethical principles being manipulated in this article. The issues of beneficence and nonmaleficence are important. Kerry is not benefiting her daughter appropriately. She feels by doing this, Britney will look younger and be baby-faced longer. Kerry was quoted as saying, “She is a lucky little girl and is going to be famous because of the benefits I am giving her so early” (Pearce, 2011). The sad part is that Britney regards the waxing and fillers as part of normal life. She asks for the top brands because she feels she can see wrinkles and wants them gone. What is this teaching our children? Is the goal really promoting the total well-being the child? Some pageant parents would probably agree with what Kerry is doing, but non-pageant parents may look at Kerry with disgust, disbelief, and confusion. Nonmaleficence is also an issue brought up by this article. Is Kerry really causing harm to her child? “Despite doctors and plastic surgeons recommending Botox only be used by adults, Kerry claims Britney is in no danger” (Pearce, 2011). Kerry is the one drawing up the medication and administering it. She feels she is qualified

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