Assignment 1

  1. Research and define the following terms as they relate to the legal and medical ethics presented in the story My Sister’s Keeper. These are the central issues needed to base a medical opinion about any case in court. (12 points)

Medical Ethics:

  • Autonomy
  • Veracity
  • Fidelity
  • Beneficence
  • Non-maleficence
  • Justice
  1. Using these as 6 criterion, describe how each of these characteristics related back to the legal arguments and behaviors exhibited by the prosecuting and defense attorneys in this case. (12 points)
  2. Then, in two to three paragraphs, describe the moral, practical, and emotional complication of putting one child in unnecessary pain and danger for the well-being of another? (6 points)



Assignment 2

  1. Research the two following topics and write a one page summary of your findings for the two scenarios: (5 points each)
  2. Stem cell research for reproduction of a designer child whose sole purpose is to be a donor to a sick child.
  3. Parents who decide, for religious and moral issues, to preserve umbilical cords for use in the future to potentially save a life.
  4. Write a one page summary for the questions asked below. (10 points)
  5. What are the moral and ethical implications of this genetic selection?
  6. What conclusions have you reached about such medical technology?
  7. How does your attitude toward God affect your opinion?


Assignment 3

For this assignment you’ll have a total of 2 responses. 


Respond the inquiry below.

  1. In the case below identify the consequences of the action taken and decide whether the action represented the greater good.
  2. A physician on the staff of an urban medical center is approached by a lawyer from a remote part of the state and asked to testify on behalf of his client, a rural doctor charged with criminal negligence in the care of a patient.  The lawyer admits that his client is guilty of the charge.  He goes on to explain that although the doctor is old and now versed in the latest medical knowledge, she is nevertheless competent; the negligence she is charged with resulted from the strain of being the only doctor in a large mountain area with a number of tiny towns and a total population of two thousand people.  The lawyer pleads with the medical center physician to testify that the negligent act was proper treatment.  The physician does so.


Answer ONE of the two inquiries below.

  1. Reportedly, at least two companies specialize in buying the body parts of fetuses from abortion clinics and selling them to universities and medical institutes for use in research.  One of these companies reportedly charges $999 for a human brain under eight weeks’ gestation, $50 to $100 for eyes and ears, and $400 for an intact limbless trunk.  Evaluate the morality of (a) abortionists selling fetal body parts to the companies, (b) the companies selling such parts to research institutions, and (c) the use of fetal body parts in research.  In your evaluation discuss the relevant obligations, moral idealls, and consequences.


  1. Several years ago a married couple, faced with the tragic fact that the husband had terminal cancer, made an important decision: His sperm would be frozen so that the wife could conceive their child after his death. Three months after his death she was impregnated with his sperm and subsequently gave birth to a little girl.  The Social Security Administration ruled that the child was not entitled to receive benefits as his heir.  At first thought, you might be inclined to judge this ruling morally insupportable because the ideal of fairness requires that this child be treated as any other heir.  Resist that judgment until you have used your imagination to identify the significant consequences that would likely follow (a) denying the child the status of an heir and (b) granting the child the status of heir. Compare those consequences and make your decision. (Explain your reasoning.)


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