Conjoined twins, left attached until they were old enough to decide. Time has come, doctors are giving a 50% chance both will survive. One wants the surgery, one doesn't, neither is budging and you are the Judge. Verdict?
Freedom of the individual is a right when it doesn't infringe on the rights of another individual. No, the twin who wants it does not have the right to be free if it directly threatens the rights of the other person it equally affects.
One no means no go. Period.
I believe they should both have to consent to have any surgery. I don't believe I should be forced to have any surgery against my will (especially a one with a large chance of death), so I don't think anyone else should either.
Seems like the one that wants to be separated has the right to be free.
It's bad enough to have a bump on your big toe.
They'd both be in pain if it happened, and if it didn't, nothing would happen. Therefore, leave them the way they are because they were born that way
I keep thinking about how bad it would suck to be stuck to my brother, one of these guys could've been waiting his whole life for this opportunity.
My verdict would be that they stay together. Feelings may change. Make them decide later. Maybe later the odds will improve. But jeez, imagine being at odds with someone you can't get away from! Hope they're together on politics and religion.
Or a chronic bed wetter
I would have had the surgery done when they were babies.
New age, yours is probably the best course, but that bridge has passed, what now?
Is it 50-50 if they stay together or are separated?
Ok, then I say they stay together until both agree.
No, it's not my choice to make. Especially when it brings the threat to their life from 0% to a 50-50 crapshoot.
You were born that way, and you're staying that way until you both agree. I'm not forcing a surgery on anyone, especially with such bad odds.
i'd flip a coin
Freedom comes first. I have them both have a psych evaluation.
Freedom to have the procedure or freedom to not have it?
The freedom to be separated. I think freedom's a very important thing to have. If they are arguing bitterly they would not be a very pleasant people to be around.
I think there are multiple freedoms at stake here- there is also the freedom to not undergo a medical procedure against your will.
Unless you're a woman.
Kermie- if someone's life is at stake that supersedes your right to not undergo a medical procedure.
Loss of life trumps most other things
Uh, no. You would force me against my will to give blood or bone marrow so someone else won't die? I don't think so.
You're right, I wouldn't. I'm talking about acute situations.
I'm confused. What makes a fetus that may or may not even be alive more acute than a person with a rare blood type who will die if I don't give them a transfusion of my blood?
Kermie, you're way off topic. And you seem to be on a mission.
I don't see how this conversation can continue without you flying off the handle.
I think being conjoined to somebody would be a bondage almost to the point of slavery although you do not have to do their bidding excitedly you doing it manner of speaking if a person cannot stand being conjoined anymore they should have the
Right to be free.
Haha yes, I am off-topic. So what? Isn't this a place for free discussion? Anyway I see you have no rational comeback, so instead you attack my emotional stability and attempt to silence me. Ah well. Enjoy your day!
Sorry but 50% isn't good enough odds to me.. .. Till the odds of both surviving is greater, sorry but they are stuck...
Even if the odds were 100% it would still not be anyone else's choice to make.
Nope says I am the judge.. It's my verdict..
No way. Unless both agree then I would not force surgery.
Sorry to ask this again. I am adding in the survival rate to, in essence, see if we are willing to force a surgery, for a non life-threatening issue, with basically coin toss odds that someone will die. As always, thanks for your vote :)
Good question! I keep changing my answer.
Lol, thanks, me too, each answer is condemnation
It wasn't clear to me whether the survival rate was for the surgery or without it. Either way I guess my answer's the same.
Sorry about that, if they undergo surgery
An interesting twist would be whether they would likely die if they stayed together.
Oooo I like it!