Argumentative Essay Topics:  Bioethics Issues
The following topics are suitable for argumentative essay assignments about education issues. Suggested thesis statements and a list of web links to pertinent information are provided for each topic. Issues on this page include:
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Physician Assisted Suicide

Thesis Statements:

  • Physician-assisted suicide should be a legal option for terminally ill patients.
  • Physician-assisted suicide should be illegal.
Some of the issues in this argument:
Should terminally ill people have the right to control their own death?
Would legalizing assisted suicide relieve families of the burdens of caring for a terminally ill relative?
Would legalizing assisted suicide lead to euthanasia?
Should doctors be prosecuted for assisting in the suicide of a terminally ill patient?
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dna helixGenetic Research

Thesis Statements:

  • Genetic testing can improve lives and has enormous benefits.
  • Uncertainties surrounding genetic testing outweigh the benefits of this testing.

Some issues in this argument:

Should we encourage wider use of genetic screening?
Should we enact privacy rules controlling the release of genetic test results to employers or insurance companies? Is discrimination an inevitable result?
Can these tests be trusted to be accurate?
Should healthy people take medical action as a result of genetic testing results?

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Marla DeSoto