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Ashley Heavner
DB 3-30
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:40am
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The issue topics I am currently debating are cloning, abortion, hunting, capital punishment, and migration. I am considering cloning because besides the fact I will be in nursing school next year, there has been a real debate over this topic since President Bush broadcasted it while in office. Some of the reasons to be for cloning would be infertility, curing diseases, and genetic illness. Reasons against this topic would be religious beliefs, the embryos are at risk or killed, and human rights get thrown in there as well. This topic has a lot of resources as I can tell from the annotated bibliography example, but I want to find a topic not everyone and their mother will be writing about.
My next topic of choice would be abortion. I know this topic is highly debated because of the media so I am not too worried about finding enough sources. The two sides of the argument are “pro-choice” and “pro-life,” from my understanding. Pro-choice debaters believe that women have the option and right to decide if they would like to abort their fetus, while pro-life people believe that the fetus is a life form that should not be killed for any reason. The pro-choice people would argue that in situations of rape, financial instability, or an unwanted child, abortion is the best option. But the pro-life people would argue that abortion is cruel, possibly manslaughter or murder, and there are better options to explore.
Capital punishment is an issue that many people talk about in ethics class. My teacher for philosophy, Mr. Jacoby, had us read an interesting chapter about capital punishment. Many people had differing opinions in my class, and the discussion brought it to my attention that it is a serious situation. People for capital punishment believe the “eye for an eye” philosophy, that the people who are sentenced this punishment deserve it. The main argument for people against it would be that some people are incorrectly sentenced and this is a permanent punishment that cannot be reversed if they were to be proven innocent.
Another topic I was considering was migration. The United States is concerned with people coming in to the states because of many reasons. People for migration would say that everyone deserves equal rights and Americans do the same thing moving to England and other places. The people against migration would say that unemployment is increasing, people don’t pay their taxes, and racial remarks. I don’t know how many reasons I would be able to find on this topic that would be legitimate enough to take seriously. All of the topics I have listed are options for my issue paper unless one happens to be restricted.


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