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Ethical Dilemma Essay Topics

DWA Ethical Dilemma Prewrite

·       Choose one of the ethical dilemmas below, or make-up one of your own. Using a graphic organizer you have created, write a thesis statement, and identify three reasons to support your stance

·       Support each of your three reasons with three support details.

·       Think of the other side of the issue—what are the issues?

·       How would you conclude your argument?

 Should students at PJHS have to wear school uniforms?

Is it justifiable to steal in order to save a life?

1.   Is it okay to steal food to feed your family?

2.   Should Utah have the death penalty for murder

3.   Should abortion be legalized?

4.   Should gay marriage be legal?

5.   Should animals be fed hormones so they can be fattened-up?

6.   Should a person (who will die from the injuries) be tortured to find out where they hid a bomb? 

7.   Should chickens be raised in crowded, unsanitary conditions for food for people?

8.   Should animals be raised and slaughtered for fur?

9.   Should spontaneously aborted fetal tissue be used for treating Parkinson's disease victims?

10.                   Would it be justifiable to whip pigs to death if more succulent pork resulted from this process, giving the consumers of pork more pleasure?

11.                   It is 3 a.m. and you are late getting home. As you approach the intersection you notice that no one is around. Do you drive through the red light?

12.                   You discover Bill Gate's wallet lying on the street. It contains $10,000. Do you send it back to him?

13.                   Is it right that young adults are allowed to vote when they are 18, but not allowed to drink until they are 21?

14.                   Should people who drive drunk be allowed to drive at all?

15.                   You are shopping and notice a woman stuffing an Ipod into her purse. Do you report her?

16.                   Should the wealthier members of society be forced to pay through taxation, for the poorer members? If so, how much?

17.                   You can rescue a bottle with the cure for cancer or your brother who just gave you one of his kidneys. Which do you choose?

18.                   You run an orphanage and have had a hard time making ends meet. A car dealership offers you a new van worth $15,000 for free if you will falsely report to the government that the dealership donated a van worth $30,000. You really need the van and it will give you an opportunity to make the children happy. Do you agree to take the van?