A Conflict Between Duty and Personal Belief

TitleA Conflict Between Duty and Personal Belief
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsLeever, M, Althaus, RA, Anestidou, L, Brinkman, A, Ladenson, R, Weigel, C
Pagination2 p.
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsABORTION , personal , personal ethics , professional , professional responsibility , PUBLIC , Public Policy
AbstractIn 1970, the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, Joseph Califano, was put in charge drafting, issuing, and implementing regulations allowing for the use of Medicaid to fund abortions. Califano is a practicing Catholic who believes abortions are morally wrong except in order to save the life of the mother. However, he acknowledged at his conformation hearing that he would have an obligation to carry out the law and that if Congress passed laws calling for funds to be provided for abortions, he would enforce them.
NotesCase from the 2005 APPE National Ethics Bowl Championship. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2005. http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ethicsbowl.html
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