Ethical Decision Making Paper

745 Words May 12th, 2007 3 Pages
Ethical Decision Making Paper
What are ethics and how do they affect decision-making? According to the Santa Clara University, "[…] [E]thics refers to well based standards of right and wrong […]." Ethics are not the same as religion, but "Religion can set high ethical standards and can provide intense motivations for ethical behavior" (Santa Clara University). What about the law? There can be a law in place, but that does not necessarily mean that the law is ethical. An example could be that San Francisco makes it illegal for people to sleep in the parks at night. What about the homeless people that camped out at the parks and now has nowhere else to go? People sleep in the parks during the day, nighttime is not any different except that
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Of course, the best question is, "What should the decision be"? This is a loaded question as the best decision may not be possible due to unforeseen circumstances. That is a tough question to answer. The ethical implications of a decision can have many facets and long-term repercussions. A decision made today, can affect someone later. An example could be a mother who decides to put her newborn up for adoption; at the time, it may have been the best thing for the child. In the end, it can cause suffering from a grieving mother, a child that will always wonder who their real mother is, and feeling of abandonment. They can also be raised by abusive foster parents or continue living in an orphanage. Who really knows what will happen?
How can a decision made today change the ground rules for future decisions? This depends on the circumstance. Typically, new technologies in medicine and technology can and often do change the ground rules. New research that provides many promising results and discoveries can also raise moral issues. Stem cell research for example, provides the scientists with many opportunities to discover new methods for healing countless numbers of patients. From repairing spinal cord injuries to growing human organs, the controversy continues. The benefit is shadowed by the origin of the stem cell, human embryos. Is it ethical to use human embryos to extract stem cells and do research for the benefit of our current population. The

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