• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Should babies with HIV positive mothers be aborted?

Extracts from this document...


Essay on AIDs Aaron C. Borbora 11Y1 Should babies with HIV positive mothers be aborted? In a world with a growing HIV + population, especially in poorer countries, there are several issues relating to the disease that must be addressed. It is a fact, that in societies were attitudes towards sex is more liberal, like Brazil, India, Africa and even modern Britain, many women who are HIV+ will fall pregnant. There are numerous reasons for this, one being that the dieses has a long incubation period, many months (normaly6) before any symptoms show. This is due to the nature of the disease, where it infects the immune system, via thyroxin antibody cells. During the incubation period, before any symptoms show or a test can be made the woman may become pregnant, unaware that she has aids. The virus will them move into the baby by the placenta in the blood, effecting its own thyroxin cells. HIV is present in the vaginal fluids, semen, blood and breast milk of infected people. HIV can be passed from one person to another when infected vaginal fluid, semen, blood or breast milk gets into another person's body. An infected woman can also pass the virus on to her baby in the womb or during birth. ...read more.


When the baby is born, it will all ready have full scale AIDS, with an anticipated life span of only a few months, and will be, most likely in pain and very unwell. Given these facts, it must be considered is weather having an abortion would be the right thing to do. This poses problems for the doctor, who's duties are complex in these matters, as well as the mother, especially if she has religious believes against abortion. For this example we will use a Roman Catholic mother. The Doctor is in a complex situation, under the Hippocratic oath he is bound to: I SWEAR by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation- to reckon him who taught me this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others. ...read more.


What ever way, it must surly be a hard decision. Christianity offers little comfort in this matter. Abortion is condemned out-right by the commandment 'thou shalt not kill'. This is not at all satisfactory in this situation, where it contradicts a principle of medicine that where possible a life must be saved. That would be one of the justifications for an abortion, as well as the fact that it is normal to assume the worst The mother also has a moral dilemma. She may have a believe against abortion, but she must consider whether the risk of having an infected baby if worth taking, both for her own health and for the baby. Ultimately, she must find the answer in herself, but often, especially where religious grounds are involved, to speak to a minister. In my opinion, I fell that an abortion should not take place, as the chance of actually the baby having the desise is low. However, where the health of the mother is at question, or the chances are higher, perhaps an abortion would be the best option. Christianity did not envisage situations such as this, and so can be disregarded, to be replaced by the ethical principles of modern medicine, such as making the lift the best and preserving it where possible. However, surly decisions should be left to the parties involved. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Abortion and other medical issues section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Abortion and other medical issues essays

  1. Are Designer Babies Wrong?

    The creation of designer babies is no different, it still holds the centre of much resentment from many religious groups, activists , the government and bad press. To begin with there is the question of whether or not the whole idea is ethically sound, since this could just be the

  2. Designer Babies

    Genetic engineering can be either agreed with or disagreed with in different religions. A lot of religions agree that by doing this it is like playing god and giving the doctor too much power. I think that these religious views are valuable because some of the ideas make sense, e.g

  1. Handling babies.

    The posterior fontanelle is smaller, triangular and closes up at around 3 months. A strong membrane underneath the fontanelle protects your baby's brain. But whenever touching your baby's head, be extra gentle with these areas. When washing the head, simply sponge lightly around the soft spots.

  2. What Does Simon Martin Learn in Flour Babies by Anne Fine?

    There was special about babies. 'Babies were wonderful'. At first he never knew, but then it clicked: 'That was the thing about babies, Simon decided. They were different from everyone else. They were special.' From that day on, he looks at things at a different perspective.

  1. Too posh to push - Are high profile stars encouraging a worrying trend towards ...

    They vary from the baby being removed if the mother died in the late stages of pregnancy: a bull, which charged at a woman who was 8 months pregnant and gorged a hole with his horns in her lower abdomen. The baby was born alive but died two weeks later.

  2. Should men be mothers?

    And in today's new age world women are doing men's jobs and so why can't men do what traditionally was a women's job.

  1. Abortion- Moral Issues

    Church of England - Board of Social Responsibility Report 1984 "We affirm that every human life, created in the divine image, is unique... We therefore believe that abortion is an evil... and that abortion on demand would be a very great evil.

  2. The legalization of abortion doesn't just affect the women who have abortions and the ...

    1 * "... elective abortion is an important cause of child abuse... Recent evidence indicates many women harbour strong guilt feelings long after their abortions. Guilt is one important cause of child battering and infanticide. Abortion lowers women's self-esteem and there are studies reporting a major loss of self-esteem in battering parents...."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work