Here is the situation: I recently interviewed for positions at a company that supports research trials. My role would be in the office–handling data for the research projects, quality checking, helping people use the software, etc. I interviewed with two different projects. One is involved with vaccines, the other with children’s pharmaceuticals. I am aware that there are ethical issues related to vaccines–namely, that some vaccines were initially created using cells from aborted babies. Now, I have been offered the job, and they asked me whether I had a preference for either project. I said I did not.
My problem is, is it morally wrong for me to not have expressed a preference for the non-vaccine project? To be honest, I liked the people on the vaccine project much better and felt like I would like their work environment a little better than the other project. I understand that my cooperation with evil would be only remote material cooperation, but since I have another alternative (though a less attractive alternative), is it wrong for me to take the vaccine position? I should also note that I do not know which vaccines are specifically being researched, and I do not know whether there are any ethical issues that would come up on the children’s pharmaceuticals project.
At this point, I suppose I could e-mail the HR person and tell him that I have suddenly changed my mind and now do have a preference, though that might be odd considering he asked me a week ago at the interview and again today and I said I didn’t. I don’t want to do that unless I am morally obligated to do so. I’m actually quite stressed about this, and the happiness of finally being offered a job after months of unemployment is being destroyed by my anxiety over this.