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FULL SEMESTER PORTFOLIO11debate over property trumps the debate over life, in this instance, which is why I think the way I do. A woman’s body is her property; thus, the fetus is also her property and laws should reflect this fact. One connection I can make between this article and something else I know about (whether from personal experience, school, a book I’ve read, a movie I’ve seen or anything else):The most obvious connections I can make to this article are the instances in my life that I’ve had to personally deal with abortion. My first girlfriends had an abortion at 17; I was a few months past 18, and the decision was primarily made by her mother. There was the fear of legal action because of my age that caused me to relent and simply endure it without presenting much of an opinion against; not that it would have mattered or been relevant. We kept this to ourselves amongst our friends, schoolmates, teammates, etc. A few months later I found out that one of my closest friends got pregnant around the same time, and because she was afraid to tell her father, she dealt with it on her own. The procedure was done in a bodega restroom and ultimately led to a uterine perforation and infection. She ended up hospitalized for a brief stay and since she was only 16, her father found out anyway. He shot her boyfriend 4 times a few days after she was released, nearly killing him. Had she been able to get an abortion, without her parents being notified, she would not have injured herself (I vaguely remember the injury having made it more difficult for her to conceive in the future, but I’m not certain, it’s been a long time) and her boyfriend; my friend, would not have been shot having his potential basketball career permanently extinguished. I’ve been through, seen, and known many more instances of abortionsboth at clinics and do-it-yourself, so this topic resonates rather loudly for me.
FULL SEMESTER PORTFOLIO12AbstractThe very taboo discussion of death is highly divisive in the conservative and mostly Orthodox Christian United States and it becomes even more polarizing when said death is expedited via euthanasia. There is a distinct and devout dichotomy between those who argue that euthanasia is unnatural as it opposes God’s will and those who support its implementation to put an end to suffering by arguing the basic human rights of autonomy and privacy. Keywords: euthanasia, wake, naturalist, lethal injection
FULL SEMESTER PORTFOLIO13Headline of article: At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of DeathSection: World Date: May 25, 2017Ethical questions raised by this article: Is medical assisted suicide (euthanasia) moral and conscionable? Should we, as humans, have a say or precise control over how and when we die? Should the suffering of those close to the sick and/or dying individual be considered when discussing euthanasia? Do we, as humans, have a right to our own bodies and therefore lives? Should euthanasia be legal?