Ethics and the Media Project- Greys Anatomy
For this Media Project, I chose to watch an episode of a Grey’s Anatomy that contains a medical ethics dilemma. I watched Season 2 of Grey’s Anatomy, Episode 23 “Blues for Sister Someone.” In this episode, a woman asks Dr. Addison Shepherd to clandestinely tie her fallopian tubes (tubal ligation) while she gives birth to her 7th child through C-section. She does not wish to have any more children (seven is already a huge burden), but her devout Catholic husband does not allow birth control. Hence, she pleads Addison to help end her childbearing abilities (tying her tubes would be permanent birth control). She begs Dr. Shepherd to do the surgery in private so here is no medical record…show more content… One Perspective The perspective of the wife is that she has autonomy over her body and has the right to decide whether or not she wants to continue having children. She already is exhausted from her current six children; she has gone to the hospital from dehydration and exhaustion from forgetting to drink water for 3 days because she was so busy taking care of her kids. With the birth of this seventh child, she has had enough. She does not want to bear any more children. She believes that God will understand her situation and her reasons for choosing and that she will be forgiven for giving up her fertility.
Other Perspective On the other hand, her husband Chris is a devout Catholic that follows everything that his religion insists. The Pope says that birth control is not allowed, so he is against letting his wife take birth control. To a Catholic, they live to reproduce; hence you are not supposed to use any form of contraception as a Catholic. Tying tubes is viewed as a form of contraception. It’s also important to consider the perspectives of the physicians involved with the decision making process in this dilemma. From the perspective of Dr. Shephard, the patient is her sole obligation and helping a patient get what they wish is important. On the other hand, her associate Alex Karev is against tying the woman’s tubes. He