DePaul Parents of Dead West Point Cadet Can Use His Sperm Ethical Article Analysis Find articles that deal with ethical dilemmas. You cannot use homicide cases for this assignment. Doing a search by typing “ethics in the news” will yield a slew of results for you to choose from. It really isn’t too difficult to find since ethics is all around us. Your response will include: 1) a brief summary 2) identification of the ethical/moral dilemmas 3) application of relevant theories from your textbook (or outside resources) 4) two open-ended questionsWhat’s an ethical dilemma? An ethical dilemma consists of two conflicting principles.PLEASE SEE ATTACHED RUBRIC AND EXAMPLE OF ASSIGMENT FOR PROPER LAYOUT. For EITNs, find articles (like the one above) that deal with ethical dilemmas. Doing a search by
typing “ethics in the news” will yield a slew of results for you to choose from. It really isn’t too
difficult to find since ethics is all around us. I pulled this article to find issues that are not
regular occurrences or are not black and white. My responses below are really brief but they are
such to give you some insight as how to approach the assignment. Follow this format. Make
sure that you include a link (to the article) in your response so that others can reference it for a
broader understanding should they be intrigued or wish to engage you more.
Aspect #1: His parents received court permission to have his sperm retrieved and frozen at the
same time he underwent organ donation surgery, but the judge waited until last week to rule on
whether they could attempt reproduction.
Possible response: Organ donation relieves pain, suffering and possible end-of-life realities
for many people. There is a direct benefit and because we have made significant
advancements in medicine and technology, we should extend the use of extracted sperm from
the recently deceased to help those experiencing infertility. Utilitarianism is about
maximizing the greater good after all.
Possible question: Do not ask if your topic is ethical or not.
What weight should be given to a loved one’s request for sperm donation?
Aspect #2: And while Colangelo left the decision of what to do with Zhu’s sperm up to his
family, he noted there may be other obstacles including reluctance of some doctors to assist for
Possible Response: Doctors and other medical professionals have some protections shielding
them from participating in certain medical procedures. Despite having taken an oath, sperm
donation does not warrant the urgency that a heart transplant does. There are no moral
obligations here. No one will lose their life if sperm is not donated to a spouse/significant other
or saved for a surrogate. There are also costs associated with these procedures which can become
an issue of who can afford it.
Question: Why should doctors be excused from this specific procedure? If all “life” has
value, where do we draw the line when it comes to sperm and its potential for life?
Ethics In the News (EITN): You cannot use homicide cases for this assignment. You will not be able to see
anyone else’s posts until you post your original post. Any premature/blank “oopsy” submissions
will result in a ZERO grade. Example provide in BB.
Your response will include: 1) a brief summary 2) identification of the ethical/moral dilemmas 3) application of
relevant theories from your textbook (or outside resources) 4) two open-ended questions 5) responses to all
2questions from 1 classmate’s posts or questions from different classmates’ posts. SEE RUBRIC BELOW.
What’s an ethical dilemma? An ethical dilemma consists of two conflicting principles. An example could
be a situation where a parent claims to live at a specific residence in order to have her kids attend a
school with excellent ratings that is set by boundaries in the school district. She compromises the
principle of honesty in order to fulfill the principle of goodness, or justice, or individual freedom for her
children. She believed it was necessary to lie so that her children would have access to a quality education
not afforded in her own neighborhood.
What is wrong with the above situation? What is a parent’s responsibility in terms of educating their
children? How is the system for neighborhood school assignments (boundaries determined by addresses)
part of the problem? What should be the punishment? If actual jail time, for how long? In what ways does
jail time harm the parent/family? What other punishment could be more fitting? The list of questions will
go on and on but these are the type of questions (in open-ended format) you should be asking.
Presentation: summarizes current event in a coherent and concise
manner giving the audience a basic understanding of the issue
using the format provided for you.
Analysis: Identifies the issue/dilemma accurately
Application: is able to integrate and reference material from the text to
Develops two open-ended analytical questions
Engagement: Interacts with classmates by answering 2 questions.
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