Thread: Pro-Lifers.. A Quick Question..
February 10th 2004, 03:13 PM #1
Pro-Lifers.. A Quick Question..
I don't normally bring such things to the table to discuss, but this has been making me wonder ever since I read it:
Baby born with 2nd head slated for surgery
Feb. 4, 2004 12:26 PM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - A Dominican infant born with a second head will undergo a risky operation Friday to remove the appendage, which has a partially formed brain, ears, eyes and lips.
The surgery is complicated because the two heads share arteries.
Led by a Los Angles-based neurosurgeon who successfully separated Guatemalan twins, the medical team will spend about 13 hours removing Rebeca Martinez's second head.
The 18 surgeons, nurses and doctors will cut off the undeveloped tissue, clip the veins and arteries and close the skull of the 7-week-old baby using a bone graft from another part of her body.
"We know this is a delicate operation," Rebeca's father, Franklyn Martinez, 28, told The Associated Press. "But we have a positive attitude."
First, I want to say that I too am Pro-Life, but I take a stance that everyone wil make their own choice to be so, or not.. each of us answers for our own actions.
Second, I want to point out that this isn't being brought up to be argumentative, but to ask some honest questions that *I* have had problems answering myself, or with Scripture (satisfactorily anyway).
In the article, it says this:
Rebeca shares blood vessels and arteries with her second head. Although only partially developed, the mouth on her second head moves when Rebeca is being breast-fed. Tests indicate some activity in her second brain.
Is this second 'head' considered 'human'?
I ask because if a zygote is considered 'human life', shouldn't this 'head' also be considered human life?
If so, what happens to this 'person' when killed by removal (basically, will they go to heaven, or not)?
If this 'person' does NOT go to Heaven, why not?
Thanks for any answers given, and once again understand that I'm asking from a theistic standpoint, and trying to understand scripturaly what happens in such circumstances. And if they aren't covered in the Bible (such circumstances), what is general the moral view.
Anyway, there it is...
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February 10th 2004, 03:16 PM #2
Re: Pro-Lifers.. A Quick Question..
Not sure on the "is it another person" front. Probably, but God'll have to answer that one.
As for the surgury, if both will die, killing one to save the other is regretable, but justified and necessary.
As for going to heaven, again, the bible isn't that clear.
Michael"... engage your brain before you engage your weapon." - Gen. James Mattis, USMC
I don't care how systematic your theology is until you show me how biblical it is.
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