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My Sister’s Keeper – Movie Analysis

In this paper I am going to identify some legal and ethical issues in My Sister’s

Keeper. Some of those issues include emancipation of a minor, genetic engineering,

and limited termination of parental rights. I will be giving my opinion on these matters

also.

My Sister's keeper is a good movie, is an emotionally riveting story of life, a film

about a family who conceives a child strictly for the use as bone marrow donor for her

gravely ill older sister. Kate is diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia at the age

of two; (APL) is a unique subtype of the acute leukemias. It has distinct cytogenetics,

clinical features, and biologic characteristics. Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is

caused by an arrest of leukocyte differentiation at the promyelocyte stage

(http://emedicine.medscape.com). Most of this is told through flashbacks, as each

member of the family. As their doctor tells them of their options, he asks Sara and Brian,

the parents, have they thought about having another child who would be a “match” for

Kate. The doctor goes on to tell them that he is not legally supposed to tell them about

this option. He tells them that they could “design” their child so she would match Kate,

since none of the other family members are a match and it would probably be years

before a match would be found on the transplant list. So Anna is created.

Genetic engineering is the manipulation of DNA within the cells of plants and animals,

through synthesis, alteration, or repair, to ensure that certain harmful traits will be

eliminated in offspring and those desirable traits will appear and be passed on. From

the time Anna was born, she was poked and prodded for stems cells and bone marrow.

As she gets older she realizes what is going to eventually happen to her and why her

parents “brought” her into this world, when they had so much more to deal with. She

doesn’t come to this conclusion on her own, Kate has a hand in helping Anna figure it,

even though she is a very smart child.

I am not in favor of genetically engineering children. I find it ethically wrong. You are

going against God’s will. God has planned all of us even before conception. That’s

my belief and what I have been taught. Through in-vitro fertilization and pre implantation

genetic diagnosis, Anna was ensured a perfect match for Kate. She had to undergo

http://emedicine.medscape.com/

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bone marrow aspiration and donate her white blood cell every time her sister got sick.

Kate’s health got better; the tension begins when the girls are teens, until Kate’s kidneys

started to fail. The mother schedules an organ transplant, Anna was expected to donate

one of her kidneys but she petitioned instead for medical emancipation. She hires a

lawyer to represent her in a suit against her mother; she demanded rights for her own

body and not got through any invasive medical procedure without her approval.

In My Sister’s Keeper, the adults – mother, father and doctor – convince

themselves that it is morally licit to create a human being whose body would be

available to serve the medical needs of another child. One needs not to be a religious

believer to find this troubling. The Categorical Imperative of moral philosopher

Immanuel Kant states clearly that we must always treat people as ends in themselves,

not as means. The issue was decided over legally and Anna was granted limited

termination of parental rights. It’s good to know that even at young age, Anna is aware

she was in a situation that her rights has breached and as taken to her since she was a

child. I think it’s impossible for me to do what Anna does if applied here in our country

because there many factors that will prevent me from accomplishing it. But setting the

factors aside I would do it for my sake because every human being has the right to live

and live happy. “I don’t want to be careful, who want to live like that?” in this words that

Anna uttered, I was then know that she really should get what she really wants and to

the point that her sister Kate approves about it. Soon, after, it was learned that Kate

actually compelled Anna to bring matter to court. She felt regretful that she had to

consume the life of her family. She expressed:

I don’t mind my disease killing me. But it’s killing my family too. I’m sorry, Jesse.

I took all the attention when you were the one who needed it the most. Dad,

Iknow I took your first love from you. I only hope that one day you get her back.

Mom, you gave up everything for me – your work, your marriage, your entire life

just to fight my battles for me every single day. I’m sorry you couldn’t win. To my

baby sis, I’m sorry I let them hurt you. I’m sorry I didn’t take care of you. It was

supposed to be the other way around.

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