The Truth Should Be Told, Whatever the Cost

Topics: Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, President of the United States Pages: 2 (901 words) Published: April 22, 2013
Anisa Kornegay P.7
Discursive Essay #2
“The truth should always be told, whatever the cost.”
It’s clear that in life you run into lies and you run into the truth but when is it morally ethical to not tell the truth, and when is it okay to lie? The truth has caused a plethora of controversy worldwide instances where it is concealed and when it is exposed. Subsequently the truth seems to always be told, when it is and even when it is not needed. In the medical realm the truth should be told, although in the past it has been covered up. Medical experiments frequently avoid telling the truth. For example in the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment in Alabama, 399 black men were told they were being treated for “bad blood” when in actuality they were in the late stages of Syphilis. By the end of the experiment 128 men died from syphilis, but if the doctors informed the subjects of the infection many lives could have been spared. Just like the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment, in other occasions the truth should be told in the medical world. For instance, in Crisis Pregnancy Centers all over the United States also known as CPC’s pregnant women are told claims by the uneducated staff members to have them refrain from having an abortion because they believe abortion is wrong. One woman, Katy Stag went to three CPC’s in Ohio that told her “There is more risk in having an abortion than carrying a baby full term” which is false; studies show that a woman who carries their baby full term are fourteen times more likely to die. This exemplifies that in the medical world that lies should not be told. Therefore, the truth should be told, especially in regard to anything medical. Along with the medical world, the truth should be told in regard to high government officials. Presidents should always tell the truth, one lie can lead a president to impeachment. For example, in 1974 President Richard Nixon of the United States was on the verge of impeachment for obstructing justice....
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