Fetal Consent Case Study

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There have been several situations in history including what belongs to whom. There are more laws on possession than most people would be willing to count. Consent should be given as an official count of giving something significant over to another person, whether it be a car, house, or even organ donations. Not only is it illegal to take these things, it is incredibly immoral to do with or without a law. Before laws were implemented, doctors could take from their patients as they pleased. While there are many issues surrounding the use of human cells and tissues in scientific research, the main issue surrounds that of morality and subsequently, ownership and consent.

It is unethical to perform scientific testing on a fetal
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For example, Henrietta Lacks was a woman in the 1950s. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer and her doctor removed part of her cells without her knowing. When her family had found out what was going on, they were furious. They had no idea what was going on, and they were flat out confused on the idea of the whole situation. Because of their confusion and uncertainty, Henrietta’s family “refused to talk to anyone.” (Skloot, 2011) Their family isolated themselves for years after Lacks passed away. If her doctor had asked for permission just one time, their lives’ would have played out so much differently. Instead, they had to live without closure. The only thing the Lacks family really wanted was an answer to their questions. They lost a family member and this man was hiding crucial facts about her from them. That family deserved the right to know what was going on with their loved one. Deborah, Henrietta’s sister, had one command when she spoke with Skloot, and that was to, “Find out what happened to [her] mother and [her] sister.” (Skloot, 2011) If Dr. Gey had only sat down and talked to Henrietta about the procedure they performed, he would not have had to avoid any legal issues or need to cover up and lie about the identity of Henrietta. If he had said something, the Lacks family would have made some sort of revenue …show more content…
A doctor should be connected to their patients. If a patient knows they can trust their doctor, they will be more likely to give a doctor permission to perform practices on them. “We’re teaching the humanities to our residents, and it’s making them better doctors,” said Dr. Richard Panush. (Chen, 2008) Doctors like Dr. Panush are pushing to have doctors work more in psychology. Doing so will allow them to learn their patients more, and therefore connect better with them. On the other hand, doctors like Dr. George Gey performed work behind his patients’ backs. His relationship with his patients was not very great whatsoever. This caused so many problems with his credibility, his respect from others, and he received negative publicity for this. These two contrasting ideas prove that the relationship of a doctor and his patient is crucial in the outcome of scientific testing on human tissue. The research itself behind human tissues has actually made leaps and bounds in the medical field. Because of collection from a human tissue, a doctor was able to create vaccines for both HPV and Polio. (Nicollette B, 2016) Human tissue has revealed so much to us in the recent past. Because of this kind of research, cures have been found for diseases that previously were

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