Hypothetical no anti-abortionist will honestly answer

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    Hypothetical: You are are at a fertility clinic - it doesn't matter why - and a fire breaks out. You run for the exit. As you are running down the hall, you hear a child screaming behind a door. As you throw open the door, you see a five-year-old boy crying for help in the corner. In the opposite corner is a phial labelled 1,000 viable embryos. The smoke is rising, and you begin to choke. You realise that the room is too large for you to have time to save both the embryos, and the boy. If you try you will die, as will both the boy, and the embryos.

    Do you:
    • A: Save the boy?
    • B: Save the embryos?

    There is no "third option". Any "third option" will result in the death of both the boy, and the embryos.
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    Now, I rather quite doubt that any anti-abortion advocate will honestly answer this question. They will equivocate, deflect, or simply ignore this post, and hope that no one will take note of it. Because they can't answer the question, and maintain their their primary argument against abortion - that a fetus, from the moment of conception is equal, in every way, to a child.

    The rational response, the clearly moral response, is A. Because an actual living child is worth a thousand embryos. 10,000 embryos. Or even a million embryos. This is because they are not the same. Not morally, ethically, nor biologically. This is the rational, ethical, and moral position. However, this position also destroys the anti-abortionists position that an embryo, or a non-viable fetus is a "child", so they will not answer the question.

    Mod Edit: Czernobog --- In the future, if your tale has a source -- you need to credit it.
    Believe the source for this one is something like


    Man confronts anti-abortion debaters with one question | Daily Mail Online
     
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    Save the boy
     
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    If it is an abortion clinic

    Conservatives probably set the fire
     
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    Save the boy...alert the staff to save the embryos. The boy is asking for rescue. The embryos are cool with the situation. They will go straight to heaven, without having to endure the stupidity of your hypotheticals.
     
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    Now, now. I didn't say it was an abortion clinic. I specifically said it was a fertility clinic.
     
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    There you go. The embryos die, and you decided that the child was of more value than the embryos. So, please cease referring to embryos as children.
     
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    Who wouldnt pick the boy?
    Kind of a dumb "gotcha" IMO
     
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    Conservatives hate them both
     
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    Go ahead rationalize killing over 50 million human infants in the womb by ripping their limbs off you blood thirsty liberal deviants.
     
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