- Nov 2005
Source: https://twitter.com/stealthygeekWhenever abortion comes up, I have a question I've been asking for ten years now of the "Life begins at Conception" crowd. In ten years, no one has EVER answered it honestly.
It's a simple scenario with two outcomes. No one ever wants to pick one, because the correct answer destroys their argument. And there IS a correct answer, which is why the pro-life crowd hates the question.
Here it is.
You're in a fertility clinic. Why isn't important.
The fire alarm goes off. You run for the exit. As you run down this hallway, you hear a child screaming from behind a door. You throw open the door and find a five-year-old child crying for help. He's in one corner of the room.
In the other corner, you spot a frozen container labeled "1000 Viable Human Embryos".
The smoke is rising. You start to choke. You know you can grab one or the other, but not both before you succumb to smoke inhalation and die, saving no one.
a) save the child, OR
b) save the thousand embryos?
There is no "C". "C" means you all die.
In a decade of arguing with anti-abortion people about the definition of human life, I have never gotten a single straight A or B answer to this question.
And I never will...
They will never answer honestly, because we all instinctively understand the right answer is "A".
A human child is worth more than a thousand embryos.
Or ten thousand.
Or a million.
Because they are not the same. Not morally. Not ethically. Not biologically.
The question absolutely evicerates their arguments, and their refusal to answer confirms that they know it to be true.
No one, anywhere, actually believes an embryo is eequivalent to a child. That person does not exist. They are lying to you.
They are lying to you to try and evoke an emotional response. A paternal response, using false-equivalency.
No one believes life begins at conception. No one believes embryos are babies or children. Those who claim to are trying to manipulate you so they can control women.
Don't let them.
Use this question to call them out.
Reveal them for what they are.
Demand they answer your question, and when they don't, slap that big ol' Scarlet P of the Patriarchy on them.
I personally see this as genius.
I have long thought that the embryo implantation process is the point that exposes the vast majority of anti-abortionists as frauds. While they are happy to yell at women who walk into an abortion clinic or obvious attempts to shut down abortion clinics, there is not one iota of condemnation or legal attempt I have seen to shut down in vitro fertilization clinics.
And make no mistake. In vitro fertilization clinics habitually destroy MOST of the embryos they create. One study demonstrates just 7% of embryos created for in vitro fertilization lead to pregnancy.
There are some rare groups that do speak with open condemnation.
But they are not the norm. And the anti-abortion crowd that often claims "life begins at abortion" is typically silent on the subject...