Bioethics Project

By Nicolas Mears

How would your society define as "legally human"?

According to the article Coach Chordas posted, BioEthics is a very remarkable thing. It is like a discussion of "How far may doctors go to save their patient?". We had group discussions about this concerning Jenna Fox. Some people thought that it's remarkable what Jenna is, that she is a breakthrough in Bioengineering and technology. Others say things such as "This destroys the beauty in human life and body". As BioEthics comes more into the picture (is becoming more popular and of use), people are putting standards of, say how artificial a person may be. These standards are constantly being challenged and revised. Maybe, as this technology grows, these standards will lower and more BioEthical technology will be allowed. BioEthics has played a very important role in medical research and advancement. This research has led to many remarkable cures for deadly diseases and sicknesses. The book sort of universally defines BioEthics. Jenna is like the bad side. She tells the reader that it makes life miserable. That she feels like a monster with an artificial soul. She asks herself in the book questions like "Am I human, or just a lab experiment?". I think, that if I was made artificially, I would feel absolutely miserable about being a lab creation. It makes me "unhuman". The rest of the society in the book doesn't feel so fond of it either. In the book, there's a government company know as the FSEB. This company regulates how artificial a person can be, like our governments standards of BioEthics. Jenna's father however, is like the part of the book explaining the good side of BioEthics. Throughout the book he explains to the reader that BioEthics is a very important step in the advancement of technology.He explains how remarkable it is to save a person who should have never survived by creating them again. I am kind of on both sides of this. The rest of my classmates seem like they think that BioEthics shouldn't be accepted as a medical practice. I think that this an incredible step in medical technology. However, I also think that if this practice gets out of hand, it destroys the beauty in the natural human life and body. This is what I think the rest of our society feels like about BioEthics. Although very remarkable, people don't feel happy about being a lab experiment. That they are just an artificial creation.

How would your society regulate the laws concerning BioEthics?

In 1974, President Gerald Ford's educations and welfare Secretary started had 11-member which then led to the issuing of the Belmont Report document. This document stated three ethical principles: respect for people, their justice, and their beneficence. These principles are known as simply BioEthics. The discussion of BioEthics is "how far can doctors go save their patient?". Not only do these regulate treatment, but medical research as well. The Belmont Principles also state that these procedures also do good for the patient. In other words, if you had a very injured friend or relative, but they would be miserable during the rest of their life and would be better off dead, then the doctors have to make that decision. See, BioEthics is also a discussion of right and wrong. When have they gone too far to save someone? So if scientists were to experiment on a human subject, they would have think about whether this will benefit the patient as well. Jenna's parents didn't think this through though. They didn't think about how this would affect their daughter's life. Maybe this was one of the reasons the felt so guilty afterwards. Scientists also have to think about whether this will also benefit society. Will other people feel fond of this if they find out? Will they be then willing to have their lives saved this way? In Jenna's society, Jenna is way past the boundaries of BioEthics in her society. This is another thing her parents didn't think of. How will this affect society? It's the huge decision of what's right and what's wrong, the discussion of BioEthics all over again.

The Belmont Report (Part One: Basic Ethical Principles)