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History of Christian Thought Final Exam Questions.
Religion and Theology
Pages 13 (3263 words)
Debate People should have “ownership rights” to their own Tissues 1A. It is usually believed that human beings have the right to decide how to deal with the tissues in their own physical body. In fact, there is a significant amount of ongoing effort in the modern world to accord wider “ownership rights” to people over their own tissues and also provide them with the authority to determine its fate, once the tissues are outside the human body.
The issue of abortion has always been a sensitive subject which has given rise to a host of debates. If the human embryo is considered as a human entity, then of course no one has the authority to destroy it, not even the parents who have created it. On the other hand, if the embryo is viewed as a portion of human tissue or as a coagulation of human cells, then this gives rise to a new argument in the debate. As people are usually believed to be endowed with right of determining the fate of their tissues, they are justified to do whatever they wish with the human embryo. A couple who do not want children can either donate their already formed embryo to an infertile couple, or destroy the embryo altogether. Therefore, when human beings are accorded the “ownership rights” over their own tissues and physical body parts, the act of abortion finds a justification in such a case (Gunning, Szoke, p.198). 2. The prevailing laws do not recognize human beings as the owners of their own tissues or any parts of their body. This is known as the legislation of “No property in the Body”. In such a situation, how can people be considered to have an “ownership right” over their tissues? 1A. ...
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