Bioethics: Personal Autonomy

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Personal Autonomy and Society in the Transplantation Process Personal autonomy is our right to be self-determining, to choose how we live our lives. Most people have a great desire for personal autonomy; each individual wishes to be the one who chooses how he/she lives their life. Even though it is something that is supposed to protect our rights and wishes, society plays a large role in regulating personal autonomy. Society gives us guidelines on how to live our lives from the day we are born. Though regulations are sometimes needed, where do you draw the line between societal beliefs and personal rights/beliefs? Personal autonomy plays a very important role in health care, especially in the process of organ transplants. For instance, in Seven Pounds, Tim committed suicide in hope to save and better multiple peoples’ lives. This was seen as such a heroic event and was very touching. I believe that mainstream society today would agree so as well. What is interesting, is that this is the same society that if beforehand had knowledge of a future suicide would do everything in their power to prevent such an act, regardless of any one person’s reasoning behind it. Based on this observation, I believe that there is no right answer to when, or how much, society should interfere with personal autonomy. I don’t believe society could pass proper judgment in this particular situation presented in Seven Pounds. I feel that Society would see Tim’s regretful feelings as simple depression and would believe that his happiness could be achieved through treatment; maybe that is so, but I believe that in this situation, the feelings of guilt and sorrow ran too deep for this man to ever live a normal, happy life. If as many deaths hung over my head everyday as did so with Tim, I would have to find a way to right my wrong as well. I would agree the ultimate sacrifice would be to
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