Save the mother or the child?
Here's the situation. Your wife is about to give birth but the doctor can't guarantee that both she and the baby will survive. He then ask you who to prioritize. Will you choose the woman you hold so dear or the innocent baby who of course has all the rights to live and explore the world?
My husband and I talked about this when I was pregnant and we had opposite views. I told him to save the baby and he told me he was saving me. I am glad I did not have to actually go through that.
My husband and I also had this conversation, and the same disagreement Peeples and her husband did. I voted for saving the baby. He voted for saving me, especially since we already had one child at the time, and he didn't want to be a single father.
Really, really thankful DD2 and I both made it through okay!
If this is really a moral dillema for you, I say ask the mother of the unborn child. Then if the situation arises, carry out her wish. How would she later feel about you if you allowed the baby to die? This would haunt her for the rest of her grieving life. On the other hand, she may want to save herself. Hopefully it will not be an issue and both will survive and have a happy life.
I would say save the mother, the baby hasn't been born yet.
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