Essay on Human Dignity And Its Presence Of Human Life

2144 Words Oct 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
Human dignity is a vital component of human life. It is a type of human right that everyone is born with equally but can be lost or acquired based on how we and society see ourselves and based on our actions throughout life. This essay will go into detail concerning human dignity and its presence in regards to saviour siblings. Advances on genetics in recent years has enabled parents to reproduce children who are dubbed “saviour siblings”. These saviour siblings are conceived for the sole purpose of aiding their elder sibling who is suffering from a life- threatening illness. This is done using reproductive technology called preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in combination with in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and Human Leukocyte Antigen test (HLA). This diagnosis leads to the saviour sibling being conceived without the illness. They are therefore able to transplant what is needed to the elder sibling, whether it be stem cells, bone marrow and in some cases, organs. The case of saviour siblings has caused great debate around the world in regards to human dignity with many believing that it is exploiting the child and that it is not right to conceive a child for the sole purpose of saving another child. In the process, affecting the saviour sibling physically and psychologically. Two perspectives will be explored in this essay, the first perspective being that the reproductive technology maintains human dignity and allows for human flourishing and the preservation of…

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