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My Sister's Keeper: Moral Ethical Decision

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Liz Canney

on 22 February 2016

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My Sister's Keeper:
A Moral Discernment

Judge finds out Kate wanted Anna to go to court, judge made her decision to grant her emancipation

(This did not happen officially until after Kate died)

Meanwhile
, their mother allowed Anna not to donate her kidney.

As a result, Kate passed away.

Court then granted Anna medical emancipation
Anna would like to be medically emancipated at the age of 11. If she is emancipated, she cannot be forced to have any more surgeries and her sister, Kate, will die.
Anna's mother has a right to make medical decisions for her. It is a conflict of interest because Sara is making decisions that save one daughter in expense of her other daughter's body.
Gather Information
Identify the Ethical Issue
Right Relationships & Human Flourishing
Possible Options
Weigh Options & Select
Evaluate Decision
Granted
Denied
Gives her kidney to Kate
Doesn't give her kidney to Kate
Medical Emancipation
Kate has a chance of survival
Kate Dies(Doctors say)
Mother forces Anna to
donate her kidney
Mother allows Anna to decide if she wants to donate her Kidney
Kate has a chance
of survival
Anna donates her kidney
Anna does not donate her Kidney
Kate has a chance of survival
Kate dies
Start Discerning here!
If's...
Was it correct?
Anna wanted control over
her own body and to make
her own decisions.

Her sister, Kate, was dying.

I understand where their
mother was coming from in
trying to save Kate.

But in the end it was and
should be Anna's decision.
If Kate had wanted to survive
If Anna was not created by means of in vitro fertilization
What if's?
There would have been a different outcome from the judge as well as I do not think Anna would have tried for it. I believe she did not have a problem giving up her kidney for her sister.
There must have been psychological pressure on Anna throughout her 11 years. Anna knew she was a designer baby which put a lot of pressure on her to donate and help her family.
Back Story
Court Case
Sara and Brian have two children: Jesse and Kate
Kate get's lucheimia at a young age
Doctor recommends in vitro fertilization to get a match for necessary body donations: "designer baby"
Anna is born to help Kate stay alive by donating blood, bone marrow and many other necessary items
At the age of 11, Anna needs to give up a kidney to Kate
Anna goes to court to be medically emancipated from her parents
Halfway through the court case, Anna confesses she is doing it because Kate is making her
Kate is ready to die
Consequences are presented in previous slide
Brian
Sara
Jesse
Kate
Anna
Care for the whole person: "the recognition that human beings are not only physical but also psychological, social, spiritual, and moral, and must be viewed and cared for as such" (Panicola 57).
Anna is not being cared for as a whole person because...
Her body is being damaged
She will not be able to exert herself if gives up a kidney
This is being forced upon her
Psychologically damaging that she has was made for the purpose of providing for her sister
Mother says they must take the entire family into account, and Kate is dying
Let's discuss care for the whole person
Anna
Kate
Kate is being cared as a person so much so that her mother forgets about the care for Anna.
By: Liz Canney
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