The Question that 'Pro-life' Zealots Cannot Answer is Going Viral (Pt 1)
a writer. He’s best known for writing science fiction. He’s also active on social media platforms like Twitter. A couple of days ago, Tomlinson decided to do the world a public service by explaining a thought experiment he uses with #antichoice, #evangelical
types. It’s one of those things that can make your tiny brain explode if you live in the tiny, “economically anxious” world of forced birtherism.
Patrick S. Tomlinson ✔ @stealthygeek
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. 1/
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 #prolife
crowd hates the question. 2/
Here it is. You're in a #fertilityclinic.
Why isn't important. The #firealarm
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. 3/
They're in one corner of the room. In the other corner, you spot a frozen container labeled "1000 Viable #HumanEmbryos."
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. 4/
Do you 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 #humanlife,
I have never gotten a single straight A or B answer to this question. And I never will. 5/
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. 6/
(Go to Pt 2)