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Shirley Labzentis
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I still think my answer would be the same. I don't believe that I could kill the child. The children are innocent and look up to parents or grown-ups to help them in the world. They can't fend for themselves. Now, look at the people outside the house who have cancer. Some of them did it to themselves. Smoking cigarettes, vaping, chewing tobacco, sunbathing, self-tanning beds, etc. The child was innocent, were they?
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Shirley Labzentis wrote: December 22nd, 2023, 5:56 pm I still think my answer would be the same. I don't believe that I could kill the child. The children are innocent and look up to parents or grown-ups to help them in the world. They can't fend for themselves. Now, look at the people outside the house who have cancer. Some of them did it to themselves. Smoking cigarettes, vaping, chewing tobacco, sunbathing, self-tanning beds, etc. The child was innocent, were they?
Juvenile detention facilities are full of very guilty children.
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This reminds me of people asking if I would kill Hitler as a baby to save the Jews. I believe many people answer yes because they realize his very existence will result in something disastrous, a brutal extermination of so many people. When it comes to killing a baby to cure cancer, the "innocent" baby's continued existence has the same result. So, would the baby still be innocent, or would it be equivalent to baby Hitler?
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Terrapin Station wrote: May 7th, 2021, 8:53 am
Scott wrote: May 6th, 2021, 1:56 pm
Terrapin Station wrote: May 6th, 2021, 12:52 pm "Would you murder an innocent child with your bare hands to cure cancer?"

Yes, without the slightest hesitation.
Interesting. What about if instead of curing cancer, you would only save five innocent people.

Would you murder one innocent child with your bare hands to save the lives of five innocent people?
It would depend on facts about the five people--their age, how long they're likely to live, etc. (And again "innocence" has nothing to do with it, unless we're talking about whether they're literally guilty of some crime or other.)
Your perspective on innocence makes me rethink my answer. I appreciate how it challenges my thinking. It's interesting to see different viewpoints.
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