Bioethics by definition is controversial It addresses a broad scope of human inquiry, ranging from debates over the boundaries of life to the right to refuse medical care. This discipline is concerned with the ethical questions that can arise in the relationships among medicine, politics, law, and personal philosophies. It also includes the study of the more commonplace questions which arise in primary care such as the ability to pay, and whether the injured or sick person should be treated. This paper will provide my viewpoints towards ‘Bioethics and Human Dignity’ and by using specific examples from the essay by Dr. Leon Kass and other sources this paper will also explain the distinction between basic and full human dignity.
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As new technologies in human DNA mapping is discovered, a newer concern regarding ethics comes to light by using humans as test subjects. With all the new biomedical advances, Kass questions the ethics of being able to alter our physical makeup or medicine to change behavior. Kass also shows concern that humans may be treated as nothing more than experimental animals (Kass, 2008, p.20). One of my concerns is that some people with antiquated ideas may hinder scientific advancements and I believe that each and every life is a gift and should be respected and treated with respect and dignity.
Basic human dignity is not gained as one ages, but rather is ingrained within the person and within our species since the beginnings of time. Unlike other primates, we posses a higher level of cognitive thought, and with that allows us the endowment of dignity. “All of us are members of the class homo sapiens sapiens (modern humans), sharing thereby in whatever dignity adheres to the class as a whole, and especially in contrast with the dignity of other animals” (Kass, 2008, p.25). As humans regardless of our status, we all have the right to dignity in life. Further on in his essay, Kass goes on to explain his definition of “full human dignity” with the example of former slaves who had recently been tending the fields and then rising up and transforming themselves into soldiers. Fighting for the Union Army and against their former masters, this gave them the the dignity