Is every "life" precious?
January 22, 1973 is one of most monumental days of civil rights in The United States. On that day, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that abortion is a “fundamental right” after reviewing the case of Roe v. Wade.
One of the fiercest, most heated debates of our time is regarding abortion. It’s nearly impossible for someone to change someone else’s opinion about it, yet thousands of fights continue to go on in real life and online about the subject every day. And that’s in addition to the associations on both sides organizing protests and fundraisers!
There are millions of Christians in our country who are anti-abortion. Most of them believe that life begins at conception: When sperm fertilizes the egg. This means that before there is a brain or a heart, that zygote is just like you or me.
The Ark Trilogy author Patrick S. Tomlinson proposed a scenario on Twitter to challenge those who are anti-choice. He challenged any “pro-lifer” to answer his question.
In a kind of version of “Would You Rather,” Patrick sets up his short scenario of you being in a burning fertility clinic. While you run for an exit, you find a crying toddler. You help them, right? But, wait!
But also in the room with the child happens to be a jar with a thousand “viable human embryos,” which is the stage of the organism before it’s called a fetus. It’s also the stage of development at which most early-term abortions occur.
You can only save the kid or the container.
So essentially what Patrick is asking which is worth more: One child versus the “lives” of a thousand potential children.
I picked A. What about you? Will you present this scenario to your staunchly conservative friends and family and see which one they will choose. Will they try to evade the question like Patrick says everyone does?
Many pro-choice people argue that most pro-birthers only care about the fetuses and controlling a woman’s body, instead of being concerned with the welfare of an actually-birthed human being who needs to be cared for. Twitter user Pip Taylor (@phillippaonline) said, “I have never met an anti choicer that was pro healthcare, free education or welfare. Life is for embryos not people (esp women and POC)”
Patrick (and his haters) have more to say next…