Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Moral Dilemas pt.5

The Pregnant Woman Conditions Treated - Pregnancy
A pregnant woman leading a group of people out of a cave on a coast is stuck in the mouth of that cave. In a short time high tide will be upon them, and unless she is unstuck, they will all be drowned except the woman, whose head is out of the cave. Fortunately, (or unfortunately,) someone has with him a stick of dynamite. There seems no way to get the pregnant woman loose without using the dynamite which will inevitably kill her; but if they do not use it everyone will drown. What should they do?


  1. You're killing either way, either by direct action or inaction.

  2. Logic says: Needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, (or the one)

    Compassion says: I would rather die than kill an innocent life.

    That's what makes it such a lovely problem.

  3. Spock is right! Waste the girl...