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death essay - 1 Lauryn Soorani Writ 140/Rel 140 Lindsay...

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Lauryn Soorani Writ 140/Rel 140 Lindsay Nelson Life and Death Decisions As technology has advanced, humans have been given the ever-increasing ability to venture within and hold power over realms previously reserved for nature. Most prominently is within the realm of life and death. The ability to perform abortions, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide far surpasses the power humans were intended to have. Given this great power, one must figure out on a case-by-case basis with whom the ability to make life and death decisions such as these should lie. While some believe that in all cases a life should be prolonged by any means possible, one must take into account both the quality of life of the individual whose life is to be continued or discontinued, and whether or not said individual even counts as a person with rights at the time of the decision-making. If judged as a competent individual, the authority to make a choice of whether to prolong or end life should lie with the individual whose immediate livelihood is to be affected. In abortion cases, if the fetus is deemed incompetent, authority over the fetus’s livelihood must always be delegated to the mother. To successfully judge who should be given authority over life and death one must first understand what is required to be considered competent or incompetent. A competent person is one whose physical body works in a manner that will sustain the life of the individual (whether medically assisted or unassisted), and whose brain is capable of forming coherent, logical thoughts. An incompetent person is one whose body has not 1
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developed to the point where it may sustain the life of the individual with or without medical assistance, whose brain has not developed to the point that will allow the individual to form coherent and logical thoughts, and/or whose brain has ceased to function. An individual may also be considered temporarily incompetent. To be considered as such one must either be experiencing a moment of extreme pain or emotion that interferes with logical thought or be in a state of unconsciousness such as a coma. Once the individual is freed from said circumstances they may be deemed competent once again. When considering abortion cases it is paramount that the mother be given authority over whether the child-to-be will or will not live, up until the fetus is considered viable and as such, is able to survive outside of the womb. Then, and only then is the fetus to be considered a person with rights. Viability (or competence) is achieved once the mother has reached the third trimester of pregnancy in which the fetus has been inside the womb for 28 weeks. Though the chances are slim, with advanced medical care it is possible for a fetus to survive outside of the womb at 24 weeks. While all individuals should be given the right to live, at the moment of conception and through the early stages of pregnancy, a fetus cannot be considered to be a competent individual, as it lacks
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