The Conjoined Twins Jodie and Mary
The moral and legal case of the conjoined twins Mary and Jodie has set
the nation off in a frenzy of debating on whether or not the twins
should be separated. In doing so, it has been revealed that only Jodie
has a chance of surviving the operation, meaning the operation is
virtually an act of murder in order to save Jodie's life. It has also
been made known that if both twins are left to let fate take its
course, they will be dead within six months. The almost impossible
moral decision of whether or not Mary's life should be sacrificed in
order to save Jodie's lies in the hands of the three Lords Justices of
Appeal. The question remains; should judges be given the permission to
'act God' as some people call it, and take away one life in order to
save another? Or should the twins be left to die which as some argue,
is what fate or indeed God has already decided should happen?
To take away one life in order to save another does hypothetically
make sense, but in reality can it ever be right for a doctor to
intentionally kill someone, even if it is to benefit another? Others
would argue that Mary would die anyway, so why not shorten her life by
six months if it saves another. Euthanasia in this country is illegal,
so should it be appropriate or (more importantly) legal for judges to
practically order the death of an innocent human being, even if
keeping the twins alive will result in the certain death of both
twins. This case is strikingly similar to one of someone wishing to
perform voluntary euthanasia, so why should this operation of
practical murder be allowed to take place? The only difference between
euthanasia and this case is that if the operation is to go ahead, it
is without the consent of the person being killed - Mary. So shouldn't
this mean that proceeding with the operation is even more ridiculous
if it is in fact without the consent of Mary, even though she is a
baby of six weeks old? One now assumes that the next people to ask for
permission to kill Mary, if not Mary herself, are her parents; the
people who gave life to their daughter. It strikes me as blatantly
obvious that the parents should be the ones to decide the twins' fate,
not a judge who has no emotional connection with the twins whatsoever.
It is easy enough for a judge to say 'Go ahead with the operation,'
but it is not that judge that will have to face the consequences of
the years to come after the proposed operation; it is the parents.
The prospect that the parents face does not paint a...