My Sister's Keeper and Morality

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My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult Where is the line with choices? How is a decision determined to be right or wrong? These are some of the questions that summarize the concept of the book My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Anna, the protagonist, files a law suit against her parents, Brian and Sara, because they forced her to make medical decisions that were not her own. Anna is sympathetic with her sister’s condition and has given all she can to ensure Kate’s recovery from leukemia. Yet the discovery of the purpose of her being conceived through vitro fertilization was for the intention to possible spare Kate’s life. Anna claims that her parents’ (Sara and Brian Fitzgerald) push for her to donate her kidney unwillingly is an…show more content…
Anna believes that she is being morally right to protect her right to life and the right to make independent decisions in as far as any of her body parts is concerned. It is important at this point to note that the underlying issue here according to Anna is not about donating the kidney. It is about being given the right to choose whether or not she can donate the kidney to her sister. She asserts that it would be wrong to deny her this right to choose even if she was conceived for this basic purpose. It is in giving her this right that she can identify with who she really is. It is from this belief of being morally right that she affirms that she is legally right to take her mother to court for violating her rights. Sara Fitzgerald is an ex-lawyer. She does not see anything wrong with Anna donating her kidney. This is because from prior knowledge on the procedure, the surgery is considered relatively safe. This is not the information that Anna has. From the pamphlet she is reading, kidney donation is not as easy and safe as her mother puts it. It states, “…you spend the night before the kidney donation fasting and taking laxatives” (Picoult 45). Further, it states that the risks of the anesthesia include other diseases such as heart attack, stroke and lung conditions. Sara’s argument is that there is nothing to worry about since it does not mean murder. In fact, she asserts that it is the right thing to
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