Wily as a coyote (fourcorners) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Cryptic hypothetical morality question

Say you're pregnant or your SO is pregnant. In this scenario, you're planning on having the kid, and the ultrasound and related tests show that it's a healthy fetus. However, during the delivery, something goes wrong. The umbilical cord gets wrapped around the baby's head, and there is damage. The baby's alive, but has suffered a traumatic injury to its soft skull. The doctor asks the nurses to leave the room, and it's just you (or you and your SO). Inspecting the skull, the doctor says that he's 75% positive the damage has left the baby extremely brain damaged, too mentally impaired to ever have anything more than child's IQ for the rest of its life, and it's highly possible that it might have some motor problems too. He apologizes. He then asks you a cryptic question:

"Do you want to keep it? There's no cameras in here and I can put the baby out of its misery if you want, and there won't be any investigation since it'll be assumed that the head injury was the cause of death. I realize this is a daring, tactless question, but this is the only time I can offer this to you. Once you leave this room, you will have to raise this child and tend to its many needs for the rest of its or your life, as it will most likely never be able to survive on its own, and you do seem like nice people who deserve a second chance. What's your answer?"

Not taking into account the likely malpractice suit you will file, do you keep it?
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