It happened again. Doctors have tried to separate two newborn girls resulting in one of them dying.
We develop from a fertilized egg into a multi-cell organism by cell division. Sometimes it happens that the first division results in two identical fertilized eggs that develop into identical twins. And sometimes this still happens while the separation was not complete, resulting in conjoined identical twins.
They can have any part of the body fused and there is no conjoined couple that is similar to any other.
Two brains means two people, with their own temperament and wishes. Only one heart, two arms, and even intense neural connection between the two brains, none of that means that it’s really one person.
Sometimes such twins are not viable. Sometimes one body is so disadvantaged that it can’t survive. And sometimes the anatomy is such that one body threatens the survival of the other body. But normally, the twins can survive and grow up healthily.
However, also in this majority of cases, parents and physicians often want to have the twins surgically separated. Even if such an operation would possibly or even certainly threaten the health and survival of one or both twins. Why take such a risk? The answer is both simple and shocking: normalism: the irrational urge to make people look normal. We see this also in LGBTQ Oppression and in the way society deals with people who are (supposedly) crazy.
Medical attacks on our bodily integrity we also see when a child is born “intersex” (with characteristics of both sexes), with “too many” digits and other “abnormalities” which do not warrant medical interference. Transgender surgery often aims so eagerly to “adjust” sex appearance “to take away sex dysphoria” (unhappiness), as if a man with breasts or a woman with a penis must be unhappy, happiness lies in normalcy.
There is a stereotype that people who are physically different must be unhappy, sad, and that making them seem normal will free them from a dreadful future. There is no proof for connecting happy with normal.
Yes, maybe dating will become a problem. But do we kill people to prevent dating difficulties?
Even more so, what trauma does one get when one’s twin is killed supposedly to give you happiness? Nine months of the deepest friendship in the womb is cut away in the name of happiness?
And what is the moral quality of a society that kills abnormality?
When I was in medical school, anatomist did not recognize these creatures as people. They called them monstra, Latin for monsters. With the word we were presented pots with dead bodies like these.
There should be international law that forbid separation of conjoined twins unless one of the bodies is really not viable, there is no operation to make it viable and/or one body threatens the survival of the other.