We have a lot of learned people here, so would some of you mind weighting in on a few legal and medical questions? I have a few questions about how fictional plots would work out in real life, and I’m sure that I’m not alone. How about we use this thread to ask questions that we hope someone might be able to answer?
To kick things off:
What happens if your secret lab that does human experimentation is busted? (Dark Angel, Soul Survivor, X-Files etc). Who comes into deal with you once your misdeeds come to light, the police, FBI, or military? And what sort of legal trouble would you be in, then? Can you be convicted of crimes against humanity during peace-time, and when the victims are fellow citizens?
Suppose you discover that your ova was unlawfully used to create a child without your knowledge or consent. Would you A. Be able to legally keep that child without undue legal fuss upon discovery (Ally McBeal) or B. Have to prove your fitness to adopt your own biological child (X-Files)? Does B make sense since it’s closer to kidnapping in the first place than having voluntarily given the kid up and losing your parental rights?
Speaking of kids, say you discover a foundling/abandoned child (Monk, Medical Investigation, Ally McBeal, The 4400, Rocky Mountain Christmas etc), and you become attached to the kid. Is there any reason on Earth you should think it’s possible you’ll be granted custody of the child? Sure, eventually family shows up in almost every case (except the 4400 & Rocky Mountain Christmas) but are you deluding yourself that you might have a chance while it still seems like the kid is alone in the world?
3b. Suppose said foundling was under school age. How difficult would it be, legally speaking, to pass the kid off as your own? (Law & Order, Without A Trace, Desperate Housewives etc) Most people wouldn’t be investigated for having a kid who doesn’t quite look like them, would they? If you keep your nose clean and everyone stays healthy, do you really have much to worry about?
Thanks in advance for any answers, and feel free to pose additional questions.