Bioethical question relating to my job


#1

Hello,

I am seeking council in regards to a potential bioethical dilemma with my job. I sell products used for medical diagnostics - and to this juncture, the products I have sold have primarily been used for cancer diagnostics.

However, due to growth of the business, we may begin selling products that could potentially be used for quite unethical purposes - including prenatal testing that could potentially lead to eugenics influenced abortions. These products have other good purposes, including additional cancer tests, etc.

I am aware that some of the diagnostic products I have sold to this point seem to have been used for unethical purposes (i.e. doctors ordering tests primarily to make money instead of for their clinical utility) - however, these new tests I could potentially be selling seem to be charting new ground.

Do you have any advice for me? I know there are degrees of culpability in relation to evil acts, and that your "closeness" to said act is typically part of the equation...


#2

Based on the information you have, it seems that the products you will be selling can be used to determine risk of an unborn child having a disability or medical problem. As far as I can tell, that product is morally neutral. The information that comes from such tests could just as easily be used to provide better prenatal and newborn care for the at-risk mother and child. Therefore, I don’t think you are culpable if someone used the product for evil purposes.


#3

Did not read the question per se --but wanted to quickly say that one should call the

National Catholic Bioethics Center --ask for an consult --they will answer your question with expertise (they are who CA directs people to)


#4

Yes, I have some advice for you. STOP believing all the class warfare stuff about how those evil doctors do things just to rack up your bill so they get more money.


#5

Woah, there. Uh…I sell to doctors and they aren’t all a perfectly moral bunch. I’m not saying that they all order/bill for unnecessary tests, but some certainly do.

Wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?


#6

[quote="Bookcat, post:3, topic:326692"]
Did not read the question per se --but wanted to quickly say that one should call the

National Catholic Bioethics Center --ask for an consult --they will answer your question with expertise (they are who CA directs people to)

[/quote]

Thanks, this is helpful.


#7

Things that give people more information are never really bad it's what they do with the information that is.


#8

[quote="newbie25553, post:5, topic:326692"]
Woah, there. Uh...I sell to doctors and they aren't all a perfectly moral bunch. I'm not saying that they all order/bill for unnecessary tests, but some certainly do.

Wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

[/quote]

As someone who orders prenatal genetic diagnostic tests I assure you I don't get paid a dime for doing so, unless you count the Panera sandwiches you bring my staff once a year. I have never once recommended a patient abort a baby based on an abnormal result. Usually these are ordered to lessen patient anxiety or so they can prepare for delivering a baby with disabilities. Also, if she goes on to miscarry, which is usually whst happens then we have a good explanation.


#9

[quote="THP, post:8, topic:326692"]
As someone who orders prenatal genetic diagnostic tests I assure you I don't get paid a dime for doing so, unless you count the Panera sandwiches you bring my staff once a year. I have never once recommended a patient abort a baby based on an abnormal result. Usually these are ordered to lessen patient anxiety or so they can prepare for delivering a baby with disabilities. Also, if she goes on to miscarry, which is usually whst happens then we have a good explanation.

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VERY helpful to have a response from a medical professional. Thank you!


#10

There are many moral reasons to use those tests.


#11

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