Having alive and eventually went down the route

Having to make the decision on what is best for your child
particularly when it concerns one of your other children is a difficult
situation to be in. Whichever opposing side you choose there will always be
someone who gets hurt. Article 3 of the UNCRC states that “the best interests
of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect
them” (UNICEF). The book brings into question whether or not Anna’s best
interests were ever considered or whether her parents were always thinking only
of how the situation would benefit Kate. The parents in the no

Having to make the decision on what is best for your child
particularly when it concerns one of your other children is a difficult
situation to be in. Whichever opposing side you choose there will always be
someone who gets hurt. Article 3 of the UNCRC states that “the best interests
of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect
them” (UNICEF). The book brings into question whether or not Anna’s best
interests were ever considered or whether her parents were always thinking only
of how the situation would benefit Kate. The parents in the novel are willing
to do anything in order to keep their child alive and eventually went down the
route of creating a designer baby or due to the fact it was for medical
purposes, a saviour baby. These are children who are created with the specific
purpose of being a complete genetic match to a sibling with life threatening
illnesses and where the risk would be too high to use a random donor. The
process uses “Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) to select a compatible
embryo from among a number created through IVF or similar techniques”
(lifecharity.org) followed by the chosen embryo being implanted into the uterus.
This process isn’t always a guarantee but there are cases where it has helped
to save or prolong a child’s life. For example, the case of Megan Matthews
whose brother Max was born as a saviour baby in what eventually became the
first successful treatment of this kind in the UK in 2010. Megan was born with Fanconi
Anaemia which left her with bone marrow failure and in need of a transplant. Searches
for a donor came up negative and ultimately the decision was made to create a
perfect match for Megan. Since the treatment, Megan no longer needs weekly
blood transfusions and is slowly regaining her life back. The ethical issue
here is that both Max and Anna were both too young to give proper consent and
instead it was the parent’s decision for them to undergo these procedures which
questions whether they truly thought of the consequences that would come from
having these operations and the long-lasting effects it could have on their
children. Was it always in Anna’s best interest to be born and then submitted
for tests and treatments? She never asked to be put in this situation which
makes it clear that from Anna’s point of view it was never in her best
interest.

vel are willing
to do anything in order to keep their child alive and eventually went down the
route of creating a designer baby or due to the fact it was for medical
purposes, a saviour baby. These are children who are created with the specific
purpose of being a complete genetic match to a sibling with life threatening
illnesses and where the risk would be too high to use a random donor. The
process uses “Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) to select a compatible
embryo from among a number created through IVF or similar techniques”
(lifecharity.org) followed by the chosen embryo being implanted into the uterus.
This process isn’t always a guarantee but there are cases where it has helped
to save or prolong a child’s life. For example, the case of Megan Matthews
whose brother Max was born as a saviour baby in what eventually became the
first successful treatment of this kind in the UK in 2010. Megan was born with Fanconi
Anaemia which left her with bone marrow failure and in need of a transplant. Searches
for a donor came up negative and ultimately the decision was made to create a
perfect match for Megan. Since the treatment, Megan no longer needs weekly
blood transfusions and is slowly regaining her life back. The ethical issue
here is that both Max and Anna were both too young to give proper consent and
instead it was the parent’s decision for them to undergo these procedures which
questions whether they truly thought of the consequences that would come from
having these operations and the long-lasting effects it could have on their
children. Was it always in Anna’s best interest to be born and then submitted
for tests and treatments? She never asked to be put in this situation which
makes it clear that from Anna’s point of view it was never in her best
interest.