...you may have your own moral beliefs, and that's fine, but you have a duty to refer the patients to get complete care.Context: the patient wants contraceptives or abortion, and those desires are "complete care." The lecturer then continued, saying that she provides what she calls "non-directive counseling," that is, she "will talk about termination" with patients. Still speaking decisions regarding abortion and contraception, she said:
It is not your decision to make, it is the patient's decision to make.Apparently, the patient and I can't arrive at the same answer, because we have two impossibly different collections of rules to follow.
...[W]e make those decisions [the decision not to counsel abortion or contraception] based on our own experience, our religious beliefs, and a number of other things; but patients make those decisions that same way we do, so their decisions may be different than yours.
But people don't make decisions by consulting a slab of mental commandments and tabulating the dilemmas they create when they intersect! We make decisions based on what is the good we see and the habits we have. I could go on a long rant about principlism, but now is not the time; in fact, now is the time to study for Friday's test. But principlism as an explanation for human behavior fails. The truth is, we act according to the goods and habits described by virtue ethics (Aristotle was right).
There was more to be said about this lecture, but I'll split up the material into two posts.