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My Sister's Keeper is the story of Anna Fitzgerald, who by the age of thirteen has undergone many blood transfusions, numerous surgeries, and multiple bone marrow transplants. "Most babies are accidents, not me. I was engineered, born to save my sister's life." At the beginning of the movie Anna explains that she as conceived to be a donor for her sister, Kate. Kate is a 16 year old with renal failure due to a very rare form of leukemia. The girls' parents expect Anna to donate her kidney to help her sister. Instead of donating the kidney, Anna files a lawsuit against her parents for the rights of her own body so that she could not be forced into the surgery against her will. This causes mixed reactions between Anna's parents, Brain and Sara. As the movie starts, Anna explains how she came into being, how she was not an accident. She was planned to be on this Earth to save her sister's life. Sara and Brian are left with a tough decision when the doctor tells them that there is no donor for their daughter Kate. The doctor then mentions that there is always the option of genetically producing a child that would be a genetic match donor for Kate. Sara and Brian decide to follow through and make a "designer baby," Anna. In the weeks following Anna's birth, she was used to serve Kate's medical needs. Whenever Kate needed a donor, her parents did not hesitate to use Anna's body. The ethical issue seen here is the underlying reason why Anna was brought into this world and the decision made by her parents to do so. The decisions made by Sara and Brain to genetically make a baby were ethically wrong in the sense that they were solely making a baby to cater Kate's needs. It is understandable that they were doing everything in their power to save their child's life. They were lost, miserable and helpless. In their eyes, creating a child to help Kate was the only option. It is easy to see the reasons that led Sara and Brian to make the decision, but following your heart is not always the ethical thing to do. The doctor mentioning the option of genetically engineering a child is unethical. The code of ethics that challenges both these actions is "act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustee, and shall avoid conflicts of interest," (Grimm). Both decisions are conflicts of interest as the doctor and parents do not see the effects of both Kate and the future child. First, as the doctor, I would never mention genetically engineering a baby as an option to a family I would not have the right to suggest something so life changing, and the possible outcome of the family could be severe and are unknown. The doctors decision in not ethical. Also, as a parent, I would not create a child to cater my other child's needs, due to the fact that it is not fair to both children. I believe the decision made my Brian and Sara is unethical. They decided to create a baby for the sake of sacrificing one child to save another's life. From the time Anna was born, whenever Kate fell ill and needed a donor, Kate and Anna's parents did not hesitate to use Anna's body without asking her. Parents should not harm one child to save another. Anna decides to go to a lawyer and sue her parents for the rights of her own body. The lawyer makes an ethical decision to be a legal advocate of a minor, to stand up for Anna, since she in unable to do so herself. Anna approaches the lawyer with only a few hundred dollars yet the lawyer still proceeds to defend Anna's wishes. The lawyer followed the code of ethics, "hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties," (Grimm). As a lawyer, he did just that, he could have turned down Anna's case due to the circumstances. The lawyer sees how serious she is and how much it means to her. He demands medical emancipation for Anna. I believe that the lawyer made the right decision. I would do the same because Anna deserves to have someone stick up for her and understand her wants and needs. Anna's parents are then surprised with legal papers and explanations of Anna's actions. As the movie continues, Kate becomes more ill while her parents fight Anna's case. As the trial progresses, we learn something new in regards to the reasons why Anna wanted to sue her parents. She begins to tell the story of how Kate convinced her to not donate her kidney. Kate did not want to go through any more surgeries, as she was tired of everything. Without the transplant, Kate knows she will die, but she still insists that Anna obtain a lawyer. This is a huge ethical decision for both Kate and Anna. Kate made a good ethical decision, as she knows better than anyone how she feels and how strong she truly is. Kate knew she was dying and she did not want to put Anna in the situation of donating a very important organ because it would affect her life forever. I would make the same decision that Kate did because it would be unfair to my younger sister, who had already saved my life many times before. Anna has done everything in her power for Kate during her illness. Anna made an even more important ethical decision between letting her sister die or attempting, once again, to keep her alive. Anna and her sister have always gotten along; she was going to do whatever her sister had wanted. Anna knew that Kate was sincere in her wishes, and wanted to make Kate as happy as she could. Anna made the right decision by listening to her sister. Kate was clearly very ill and exhausted of continuously going into surgery. I would grant Kate's wishes, just as Anna did for Kate. Family is very important, listening and acting on what your family wants and needs is very essential. Shortly after, Brain and Sara come to realize why Kate made the decision that she did. After a long fight, Kate's wishes do come true and she passes away. Later, Anna's lawyer presents legal papers stating that Anna won the case and now has the rights to her own body.
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My Sister's Keeper

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              My Sister's Keeper is the story of Anna Fitzgerald, who by the age of thirteen has undergone many blood transfusions, numerous surgeries, and multiple bone marrow transplants. "Most babies are accidents, not me. I was engineered, born to save my sister's life. " At the beginning of the movie Anna explains that she as conceived to be a donor for her sister, Kate. Kate is a 16 year old with renal failure due to a very rare form of leukemia. The girls' parents expect Anna to donate her kidney to help her sister. Instead of donating the kidney, Anna files a lawsuit against her parents for the rights of her own body so that she could not be forced into the surgery against her will. This causes mixed reactions between Anna's parents, Brain and Sara.
             
              As the movie starts, Anna explains how she came into being, how she was not an accident. She was planned to be on this Earth to save her sister's life. Sara and Brian are left with a tough decision when the doctor tells them that there is no donor for their daughter Kate. The doctor then mentions that there is always the option of genetically producing a child that would be a genetic match donor for Kate. Sara and Brian decide to follow through and make a "designer baby," Anna. In the weeks following Anna's birth, she was used to serve Kate's medical needs. Whenever Kate needed a donor, her parents did not hesitate to use Anna's body. The ethical issue seen here is the underlying reason why Anna was brought into this world and the decision made by her parents to do so. The decisions made by Sara and Brain to genetically make a baby were ethically wrong in the sense that they were solely making a baby to cater Kate's needs. It is understandable that they were doing everything in their power to save their child's life. They were lost, miserable and helpless. In their eyes, creating a child to help Kate was the only option. It is easy to see the reasons that led Sara and Brian to make the decision, but following your heart is not always the ethical thing to do. The doctor mentioning the option of genetically engineering a child is unethical. The code of ethics that challenges both these actions is "act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustee, and shall avoid conflicts of interest," (Grimm). Both decisions are conflicts of interest as the doctor and parents do not see the effects of both Kate and the future child. First, as the doctor, I would never mention genetically engineering a baby as an option to a family I would not have the right to suggest something so life changing, and the possible outcome of the family could be severe and are unknown. The doctors decision in not ethical. Also, as a parent, I would not create a child to cater my other child's needs, due to the fact that it is not fair to both children. I believe the decision made my Brian and Sara is unethical. They decided to create a baby for the sake of sacrificing one child to save another's life.
             
              From the time Anna was born, whenever Kate fell ill and needed a donor, Kate and Anna's parents did not hesitate to use Anna's body without asking her. Parents should not harm one child to save another. Anna decides to go to a lawyer and sue her parents for the rights of her own body. The lawyer makes an ethical decision to be a legal advocate of a minor, to stand up for Anna, since she in unable to do so herself. Anna approaches the lawyer with only a few hundred dollars yet the lawyer still proceeds to defend Anna's wishes. The lawyer followed the code of ethics, "hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties," (Grimm). As a lawyer, he did just that, he could have turned down Anna's case due to the circumstances. The lawyer sees how serious she is and how much it means to her. He demands medical emancipation for Anna. I believe that the lawyer made the right decision. I would do the same because Anna deserves to have someone stick up for her and understand her wants and needs.
             
              Anna's parents are then surprised with legal papers and explanations of Anna's actions. As the movie continues, Kate becomes more ill while her parents fight Anna's case. As the trial progresses, we learn something new in regards to the reasons why Anna wanted to sue her parents. She begins to tell the story of how Kate convinced her to not donate her kidney. Kate did not want to go through any more surgeries, as she was tired of everything. Without the transplant, Kate knows she will die, but she still insists that Anna obtain a lawyer. This is a huge ethical decision for both Kate and Anna. Kate made a good ethical decision, as she knows better than anyone how she feels and how strong she truly is. Kate knew she was dying and she did not want to put Anna in the situation of donating a very important organ because it would affect her life forever. I would make the same decision that Kate did because it would be unfair to my younger sister, who had already saved my life many times before. Anna has done everything in her power for Kate during her illness. Anna made an even more important ethical decision between letting her sister die or attempting, once again, to keep her alive. Anna and her sister have always gotten along; she was going to do whatever her sister had wanted. Anna knew that Kate was sincere in her wishes, and wanted to make Kate as happy as she could. Anna made the right decision by listening to her sister. Kate was clearly very ill and exhausted of continuously going into surgery. I would grant Kate's wishes, just as Anna did for Kate. Family is very important, listening and acting on what your family wants and needs is very essential.
             
              Shortly after, Brain and Sara come to realize why Kate made the decision that she did. After a long fight, Kate's wishes do come true and she passes away. Later, Anna's lawyer presents legal papers stating that Anna won the case and now has the rights to her own body.
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Grimm, Dr. Michelle. "Biomedical Engineering Ethics - A First Look." Wayne State Universtiy, Detroit.

My Sister's Keeper. Dir. Nick Cassavetes. Perf. Abigail Breslin, Walter Raney, Sofia
Vassilieva, and Cameron Diaz. New Line Cinema, 2009. DVD.
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