Truth Telling and Severe Fetal Diagnosis: A Virtue Ethics Perspective
Black, Beth Perry
The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing 2011 Jan-Mar; 25(1): 13-20
Increased use of prenatal technologies has increased the numbers of women and partners whose fetus is diagnosed with a severe impairment. Virtue ethics provides a useful perspective to consider truth telling in this context, specifically how couples and providers interpret the diagnosis and prognosis to create truth. Virtue ethics is person-centered rather than act-centered, with moral actions guided by how a virtuous person would act in the same circumstance. Phronesis (practical wisdom) guides these actions.
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