Interesting Moral Quandry

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    Okay, here's a scenario. Imagine that you or your wife is pregnant, but you find out that the child is braindead, will never be conscious, and won't be capable of staying alive without major, pernament medical assistence. Even then, the child probably wouldn't see 3 months. The doctors give you three options: bring the baby to term and keep the body alive until the it dies, abort the baby, or, most interestingly, bring the child to term, but allow the doctors use the baby's organs to save the lives of other newborns who would have otherwise died at birth. What would you do?
     
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    3rd option
     
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    I wouldn't have a wife, but if it was my child, I'd choose: #1, then whatever could be used for #3.
     
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    Would the pregnancy threaten my wife's health? If so, I would lean towards abortion. If not, I would choose #1.
     
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    what month is the pregnancy in?

    define: pernament medical assistence
     
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    what if your southern belle voted #1?
     
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    Option 2.

    As much as I'd like to help others, it would be self-torture to do anything else, IMO, of course, and keeping the baby alive would be torturing the child. We wouldn't do that to our pets.
     
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    Say the 5th month.

    When I say pernament medical assistence I mean so many different machines and tubes that it would make Teri Schiavo look like a mild case. The baby would need dialysis, respirators, feeding tubes, insulin, medications to regulate heartrate, etc. The kid apparently didn't even have what could be called a brain and as such all the functions the brain controls would have to be independently operated by machines.

    Also, you probably couldn't do #2 and then #3 because almost all the potential beneficaries would be newly born prematures only a few days, or even minutes, out of the womb. After a few months, most of the organs would be too big to help such small babies, and prematures in that bad condition are unlikely to last more than a week or two.
     
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    Then I would also vote #1.
     
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    How about none of the above since this is a rediculous scenario?
     

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