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Medical Ethics Essay



Medical Ethics -- Just because we can, it doesn’t mean we should


On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown was born in Great Britain to loving parents. Though she weighed just over five pounds, she was otherwise a healthy, baby girl. So why was her birth followed around the world? Because Louise Joy was not a normal baby and there was nothing normal about her birth. Or should I say, conception? You see, baby Louise was the first test-tube baby.


Today, many children are conceived in a test tube, where the egg is fertilized outside the womb, then placed inside the uterus. We no longer refer to this process as “test tube;” today, this process is known as in vitro (Latin for “in glass”) fertilization, or IVF. This process has allowed thousands of men and women to become parents when they couldn’t become pregnant through conventional or normal mean. This doesn’t mean, however, that this process wasn’t without controversy.


Many people feared what this process could mean or will lead to. Many cutting- edge medical procedures slide into an ethically gray area for many people. You will be researching one of these procedures:


  • In vitro fertilization

  • Cloning

  • Stem cell research

  • Genetic engineering and/or genetic manipulation in humans


Directions: After choosing one of the above medical procedures, you will write an essay explaining what the procedure is. When was it discovered and for what reason? What are the benefits of the procedure? What are the potential ethical issues that surround this procedure? Why is it feared in some cases?


Research all of those questions and create a well-written essay.




  1. Must be a minimum 2-3 pages

  2. Minimum 2-3 sources (NO WIKIPEDIA!!!)

  3. MLA format

  4. Works Cited page


Date due: Friday, November 4



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