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    Is something missing in this sentence?

    I was wondering whether the following sentence is correct or incomplete:

    "Is it ethically understandable that a human is born and gives up his/her life to save another?"

    My question is whether we need to say "........another's?" instead of "......another?" ?

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    #2

    Re: Is something missing in this sentence?

    To save another human.
    To save another human's life.
    To save the life of another.

    I don't understand the "is born" part. All humans are born. It doesn't require ethical understanding.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: Is something missing in this sentence?

    Yes, of course, a human is anyway born. It is about a designed baby who has been brought into the world with a specific purpose, namely, to save the life of another child who suffers from leukaemia

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    #4

    Re: Is something missing in this sentence?

    That does not require taking the life of the baby!

    Also the baby has no choice in how its stem cells are used, so it doesn't give up anything. It's taken.

    I thought it was something like a mother just jumping in front of a speeding car to push her child out of harm's way.
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    #5

    Re: Is something missing in this sentence?

    In the context of using the humans for organ harvesting or other medical treatment that would result in that donor's death, then I would suggest using some other verb than 'born'. 'Born' implies a natural course of conception. In this case the humans are being 'raised' or 'grown', simply for the purpose of harvesting. Also, this is an ethical issue, so re-instate your use of 'ethically'.

    "Is it ethically understandable that a human is raised/grown in order to give up his/her life to save another?"
    "Is it ethically understandable that a human is raised/grown in order to save another?"

    Or, use one of the other suggestions Barb offered.

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    Re: Is something missing in this sentence?

    In my view, there is nothing ethically wrong in conceiving a baby so that bone marrow or stem cells can be harvested to save another child. There is no harm to either child.

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