Chem 90 Position Paper 1

Chem 90 Position Paper 1 - Sara Carlson Chem 90 January 26,...

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Sara Carlson Chem 90 January 26, 2006 Heroic Measures Should Not Be Taken to Save a Severely Defective Newborn Child Heroic measures to save the lives of severely defective children should not be taken unless their health can be saved as well. While doctors may be able to keep a child alive with the help of machines and medicines, they may not be able to give the child a normal life. Unless there is a cure for the defect, the efforts to save the life of a newborn so that he or she will have to live with extreme assistance for the rest of their lives should not be taken. Putting aside the emotional and religious feelings that go into this argument, it has to be realized that these newborns will not grow up to live a normal life or to produce offspring of their own. Severely defective babies cost their parents enormous amounts of time and money that deprives other children in the family of attention. If a child is going to be severely harmed mentally, he or she might have to live in an institution where they will never make progress. Even though the decision is an extremely difficult one for families to make, heroic measures should not be taken
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course CHM 90 taught by Professor Alhadeff during the Spring '06 term at Lehigh University .

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Chem 90 Position Paper 1 - Sara Carlson Chem 90 January 26,...

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