Identify the moral arguments in each of the following passages.

Identify the moral arguments in each of the following passages. Specify the premises and the conclusion, adding implicit premises where needed.

1. The movie Lorenzo’s Oil is about a family’s struggle to find a cure for their young son’s fatal genetic disease, an illness that usually kills boys before they reach their eleventh birthday. The script is based on the true story of a family’s attempt to save Lorenzo, their son, from this fatal genetic disease through the use of a medicinal oil. The movie is a tear-jerker, but it ends on a hopeful note that suggests that the oil will eventually cure Lorenzo and that the oil is an effective treatment for the genetic disease. The problem is, there is no cure for the disease and no good scientific evidence showing that the oil works. But the movie touts the oil anyway—and gives false hope to every family whose son suffers from this terrible illness. Worse, the movie overplays the worth of the oil, seriously misleading people about the medical facts. The movie, therefore, is immoral. It violates the ageless moral dictum to, above all else, ‘‘do no harm.’’ Lorenzo’s Oil may be just a movie, but it has done harm nonetheless.

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