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Genetic Engineering and the Media

Genetic engineering and its related fields have stimulated an extremely controversial scientific debate about cloning for the last decade. With such a wide range of public opinions, it is hard to find any middle ground. Some feel that improving the genes of future children will help mankind make a major evolutionary step forward. Others agree that there could be dangerous unforeseen consequences in our genetic futures if we proceed with such endeavors. A third group warns that the expense of genetic enhancement will further separate the wealthy from the poor and create a super race. Popular magazines and the Internet are two of the major arenas in which this debate has been hotly contested. Both of these media sources are utilized by a wide range of audiences, and thus present a wide range of arguments. However, because of their audiences, magazines tend to be more moderate in their opinions and in their presentation of information, while Internet sources tend to vary in their opinions as well as the information provided.

Depending on the magazine, the opinions of authors can be liberal, conservative, or anywhere in between. However, almost all mainstream publications place limits on how far left or right the opinions will reach. After a certain point, the magazine’s potential audience begins to decrease rapidly and will not generate enough income to make a profit. Therefore, the most popular magazines (i.e. TIME, Newsweek) seek to present the most popular opinions. Some mainstream magazines extend to the far left (Sierra) or right (National Review), but they have a limited audience. In the interest of making a profit, marketing strategy is simply an issue of supply and demand. Thus, when thes…

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Euthanasia: Only For The Terminally Ill

Jean is 93 and battling cancer. She decided not to finish her treatment. She could of died on her own but the doctors did not assist her death. She was left practically waiting months on months slowing dying in her own body. She was tired of being alive, she saved up 50 sleeping pills. Fear took over Jean and decided not to take them. Even though she decided not to take them she still didn’t want to be alive. Few weeks pass, Jean is laying in her bed hooked up to an oxygen tank.She was in so much pain. Trying to ease the pain, the nurse came in and gave her some morphine. The next day she died. Sadly she has to suffer in pain for months. Many doctors think death is a curable problem. Treatment can be very expensive to afford, patients shouldn’t have to suffer, and its the patients personal decision (Fridstein).
Passive euthanasia, self deliverance, assisted suicide, and active euthanasia are all the types of euthanasia. They all are very different on how they end suffering. Active euthanasia is illegal but the rest of them are. While deciding if euthanasia is the right option or not you should ask yourself questions:
“1. In terms of personal philosophy and ethics, is this the right thing to do? Are you comfortable with it in your conscience?
2. Is your relationship with the person who is asking for help one of love, loyalty and respect?…
3. …Are you prepared to take the consequences, whatever they may be?
4. Who else knows or might get to know about this intended action…?” (Humphrey 18).
Passive euthanasia or “pulling the plug,” when you unplug the individual from any device helping them live. If the patient is on a breathing tube, you could disconnect the respirator to stop the flow of oxygen to the lungs. Disconnecting the…

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… the Netherlands most request in depressed patients are rejected…” (Levene). Depressed people should not have euthanasia as an option because most likely they are suicide so they would want someone else to end their pain. Depression is not the easiest thing to cure but with taking your medicines and going to therapy on a regular basis should lead to a more stable mindset for the person.
Treatment can be very expensive to afford, patients shouldn’t have to suffer, and personal decision, they should be about to choose what to do and as a result that is why euthanasia should be legalized in massachusetts for the terminally ill. Medicines and surgeries are expensive and so is health insurance. If a patient is suffering for a while and in an uncomfortable position in life for the end of their life its their own decision to say when they want to die at that point.

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