Ethics In Savior Siblings

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Healthcare Ethics: Savior Siblings
A current ethical debate in the world of healthcare is Savior siblings. A savior sibling is a child who is born to be genetically compatible with a sibling that is suffering from a life-threatening disease. The child is born to provide either organ or cell transplant, and/or blood transfusions for the ill sibling. The child is created through in vitro fertilization (IVF), once the embryo goes through preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), it helps identify genetic defects within the embryos. This arises many ethic concerns for people, like whether or not savior siblings should be allowed, and how far would one go to save the sick child’s life. Each branch of Philosophy has their own view and opinions, that
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This branch of ethic state that the action is more important than the consequences. This ethics is contrasted to consequentialism and utilitarianism, deontology states that some acts are always wrong regardless the outcome unlike a utilitarian or consequentialist, and that a good will is the sole intrinsic good. Kant’s deontological ethics. Kant created the philosophical concept of the categorical imperative. This imperative denotes an absolute, unconditional requirement and that one should always treat others as ends in themselves and never as means to our ends. No one should not have their individual freedom compromised for some other end, in particular for the good of the society. Kantians moral deontological theory explicates the value of every person existing. He would believe the act of creating savior siblings is morally impermissible and that the act does not respect the child’s basic human rights. Kant believes that intentions do not promote goodwill or moral duty. Categorical imperative is violated. In all major qualifications of a moral act in Kantian principle. I believe Kant would come to the conclusion that savior siblings are morally impermissible due to the fact that the child would be merely means to and end and that their autonomy has been violated. Kant agrees that people have children for all types of reasons that would deem children as means to end, like farmers having big families to support the farm, people having children to save marriage, continue the family name etc. That doing so is morally permissible like doctors for treating illness etc., only if they are not treated solely as means to end. only if they are not treated solely as means to end. These examples are permissible because the child is not only means to end, once the child is born they will be treated as a child, but a savior sibling, once they are born they would be
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