My Sister's Keeper Essay

1141 Words Nov 13th, 2013 5 Pages
Do you think it is ethical to design and conceive a child that meets specific genetic requirements? o If so, is PGD ethical in all cases? (prevent miscarriages, prevent inheritable genetic diseases, sex selection for social reasons, etc). o If not, do you believe there should be specific exceptions - such as saving another person's life - or is this just a "slippery slope"?
PGD is known as pre-implantation genetic diagnosing. I do not think it is ethical to design and conceive a child that meets specific genetic requirements. I do not feel that this is an ethical reason to conceive a child. Rather, I believe all children should be seen as blessings or gifts, not sacrificial genetic progeny.
However, in cases where PGD is
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If rejecting an “undesired” embryo means preventing the genetic inheritance of a seriously debilitating disease, then maybe some benefit can be achieved for the greater good of human kind. However, I do not feel there is any benefit in screening embryos for desired traits, and rejecting the “undesired” embryos for superficial or cosmetic reasons. For example, I would not agree with a person screening embryos to create their epiphany of a beautiful baby.
How does the knowledge that Anna was conceived to save Kate affect Anna's and Kate's perceptions of themselves, and their relationship with each other? For instance, you might consider the following: o Will Kate feel guilty knowing that Anna was created to save her life? o What if Anna can't save Kate? Will Anna face lifelong psychological damage?
Does Anna feel objectified as a "spare parts baby"? Does Kate feel objectified as a sick person?
I do believe the knowledge that Anna was conceived to save Kate affects both Anna’s and Kate’s perceptions of themselves. This, however, does not affect their relationship with each other. In Kate’s case, I feel the knowledge that Anna was conceived to save Kate did make Kate feel guilty. She felt like she was responsible for Anna’s pain because as portrayed in the movie, Kate felt like she “let” her parents hurt her sister.
If Anna cannot save Kate, I do not think she will face lifelong psychological damage because Anna did everything in her power
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