M3A1: Short Paper – Should They Be Saved? In 1990 Helga Wanglie, an 86 year old woman, suffered cardiopulmonary failure. She was put on a respirator, fed intravenously and injected with antibiotics. Although she remained in a vegetative state, her family insisted that she be kept alive. For the next 17 months $800,000 was expended on her maintenance. As we continue to make breakthroughs in medical technology, we increase our ability to extend life in situations that previously guaranteed death. Consider the above situation, similar to the more recent Terri Schiavo case. Consider the abilities we’ve gained with stem cell technology, which has now allowed us to grow new organs. The rapid advancement of medical technology has helped humans to gain enormous control over life and death. But with great power become great responsibility and brings to light considerable ethical concerns. After reading the module notes and all supplemental materials, respond to following: What arguments can be made in favor of prolonging life? What arguments can be made against it? Just because we have the technology, should it be used? Where is the line drawn? Should there be regulation? To what extent? Support your position using appropriate sources that are properly cited. Your paper should be 1-2 pages in length (not including title and reference pages). It must be formatted according to APA standards [PDF, File Size 131 KB], 6th edition, including title and reference pages. Writing Help Want some help with your writing? Smarthinking is a free service for Excelsior students. Smarthinking’s Online Writing Lab paper review service will provide you with a detailed, personalized critique of any written assignment. Smarthinking even has a technical writing specialty! If you are going to use this excellent resource, keep in mind that this service is asynchronous and requires some turn-around time to provide feedback on your paper. The earlier you submit your paper, the better! You will be required to use your Blackboard log-in information to access Smarthinking. Short papers in total account for 20% of your grade. Review the SBT Research Paper Rubric by clicking on the “View Rubric” button at the top of this page, or by going to the “Start Here-Course Information” section of the course to see more information on grading criteria. Compose your work using a word processor (or other software as appropriate) and save it frequently to your computer. Be sure to check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors before you upload it. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Browse My Computer” and find your file. Once you have located your file, click “Open” and, if successful, the file name will appear under the Attached files heading. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Submit.”