Dilemmas in My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Essays
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PHI 111 Final Paper: Dilemmas in My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The novel “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult explores the medical, legal, ethical and moral issues related to long term illness and discusses some of the bioethical issues around the experimental technique known as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. The author presents many ethical dilemmas when a couple chooses to genetically engineer a baby to create a bone marrow match for their terminally ill daughter. That creation is Anna Fitzgerald, who is beginning to wonder about her place in the world and questions her on going donations in order to save her sister’s, Kate’s life. Anna feels that her existence is defined by her ability to save her sister. That type of…show more content…
However I feel that Brian and Sara forgot to focus on what could be better for Anna when the time came for her to live her own life. At first Anna was experiencing psychological altruism which sometimes motivated her to put Kate’s interests ahead of her own. As Anna grew older she realized that the donations were at her own expense and she wanted to be free. Everyone, including children has the right to act in one’s own best interest. Therefore if Anna felt that she was not living to her best ability because of her connection with Kate then this egoism should be respected. This contrasts her mother, Sara’s psychological egoism, because she was acting in her own interests to save Kate. In this case, what Sara finds acceptable for Anna is negligent against Anna’s autonomy.
The character of Sara is most adamant that it is in Anna’s best interests to act as a donor for Kate. However I do not think she meant for Anna to be at the mercy of her sister. I think she was only intent on doing what had to be done to keep her family intact by preserving the life of Kate. Sara believes that the social, emotional and psychological best interests of a person depend upon the happiness in the family in which they grow up in. This gives the idea that Anna’s best interests and welfare are closely tied to those of her family, who
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Student/Postdoc Essay Contest in Neuroethics
The INS Student/Postdoc Essay Contest, now in its fourth year, aims to promote interest in neuroethics among students and postdocs early in their academic careers. The contest is open to all post-secondary students enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level. This year, participants submitted essays in one of two categories—Academic or Science Communication—with varying formats and expectations.
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Academic Essay Winner
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Editorial Mentorship Selectees
- "Propranolol: Beginning the Discussion on a Medical Solution to Reducing Police Brutality" by Natalia Montes, University of Washington
- "Psychiatry: The Modern Predicament" by Ien Li, Princeton University
- "My Brain Made Me Do It" by Crystal Jing Jing Yeo, Houston Methodist Neurological Institute
- "On the Ethics of Neurogenetics" by Abigail Danfora, American University
- "Hearing Voices: First-Person Perspectives & Combating Social Stigma" by Stephanie M. Hare, Georgia State University
The 2016 INS Student/Postdoc Essay Contest winners Kaitlyn McGlothlen and Monique Wonderly, center and right, received a Michael Patterson Neuroethics Travel Stipend, presented by Dr. Michael Patterson, pictured left.
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The essay contest is organized annually by the members of the INS Student/Postdoc Committee and supported by Dr. Michael Patterson. The call for essays is announce in March, submissions are generally accepted through June, and the winners, announced late summer, are invited to receive recognition at the INS Annual Meeting in November.
The essay submission deadline for this year has passed, but we encourage you to review the format and requirements in the call for essays to prepare your future submissions.
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