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Started: 11/21/2012 Category: Society
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marco.tjokro

Con

WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY?

Thomas Jarvis wakes up after a night on the tiles to find himself in a rather unusual situation. There
are doctors milling about his bed, to which, bizarrely, he is handcuffed, and he seems to be
attached, via a panoply of wires and tubes, to a well-known professional footballer (and fashion
icon), who is sitting on an adjacent bed, wearing a sarong, waving at him.
At first Thomas suspects alcohol poisoning, but then the doctors begin to talk to him. They explain
that he has been kidnapped and chained to the bed by the footballer"s official fan club. It turns out
that the footballer has a rare disease that if left untreated will eventually kill him. The good news,
though, is that Thomas has the power to save the footballer"s life. It just requires that he stays lying
on his bed for nine months, attached to the footballer, while his immune system purifies the
footballer"s blood (which apparently has been poisoned after the consumption of too much spice).
Thomas is not best pleased with this news. He objects that surely there must be somebody else
who could perform this function. He is told, however, that thorough checks of medical records have
shown that only his blood is suitable for the task.
Thomas still does not think it sounds fair. But when he continues to complain, the doctors invite a
wannabe philosopher, Bernie Scholtz, into the room, who explains that the footballer has a right to
life, and that if Thomas insists on detaching himself from the wires and tubes, he will be
condemning the man to death. Thomas does not have any great fondness for football, or sarongs,
or wannabe philosophers, so he is not sure that this sounds too much like a bad idea, but he is
perplexed.

Affirmative: argue that Thomas is morally obliged to stay hooked up

Negative: argue that Thomas is not morally obliged to stay hooked up

Prepared by Michael Milgate BBus(Newcastle) MEd(UTS) MCom(Hon)(UWS) MA(Hon)(UNE) PhD(Law)(UNSW)
PhD(Mngt)(UNSW) FRSA FAIM FAMI CPM FCIM Chartered Marketer
martianshark

Pro

Con has not explained what this analogy is referring to, although I believe it is safe to assume he is talking about abortion. I accept. Please state your arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
marco.tjokro

Con

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martianshark

Pro

If you're going to post an argument, please post it in round 3.
Debate Round No. 2
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Con

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Pro

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