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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Rick Abrams ricka at praline.no.NeoSoft.com
Mon Feb 27 00:25:02 EST 1995

In article <Pine.SOL.3.91.950225170433.8301A-100000 at corona>,
Patrick O'Neil  <patrick at corona> wrote:
>On 24 Feb 1995, Brian Rauchfuss - PCD wrote:
>> If significant life-extension is available but is denied, is this really 
>> different from mass-murder?  Would it not be better, at least to offer
>> people the choice between reproduction and life-extension (note that 2 or
>> less children per couple does not create an exponential population problem).
>No it would not be murder.  No one has a "right" to life extension any 
>more than they have a right to transplant organs.  When doctors withold 
>treatment for a patient for varied or sundry reasons, it is cannot be 
>considered murder.  Since when did you or I have an inalienable right to 
>chemotherapy.  You cannot take a hospital or doctor to court for murder 
>if you are not given such a treatment.  The contrary view would then be 

Now I can agree with this, let's say a doctor refuses to 
treat you for aesthetic reasons, to wit, he doesn't like
your face..... Yeah, sounds okay to me, I llliiikkkeee that!
'...varied or sundry reasons' -- works for me.


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