When a couple starts thinking about having a baby they look at it from a financial and emotional point of view. Having a baby is a very costly matter, from doctor's visits to preparing at home for the new arrival. A couple also needs to think about how a baby can strengthen their marriage or tear it apart due to the stresses a baby may cause emotionally. Furthermore, if the couple already has children, what affect will this new baby have on the others?
Now try adding the fact that the baby has a disability. The cost of having that child raises, the stress of an even more demanding child is higher, and the baby needs so much attention that the needs of the other children are ignored. Many couples would question if they could provide a proper environment for this child. The couple needs to revaluate their lifestyle and see if they could handle the extra responsibilities. Many couples' lifestyles enable them to have this child, for others it is impossible.
Could a person call it ethical to bring a child into this world that isn't going to be taken care of properly, have all of its needs met, and looked at as a person not a disability? Personally, I believe it is unethical to bring a child into a world where its needs will not be met and where it will not be loved unconditionally. I stand firmly that it is ethical to use prenatal testing and diagnosis in order to find out if the... [continues]
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