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  •  I still haven't heard a good answer from any pro- (13+ / 0-)

    lifer to the question below.  They just take it as a ridiculously extreme hypothetical with no relevance to the real world - however, I believe that it really gets to the heart of the matter, because it counters their central belief: that every fertilized egg is a human life.

    Imagine a fertility clinic, with a vat containing one thousand insentient and insensate frozen embryos resting in a bath of liquid nitrogen. A fire has broken out, and you have the choice of saving these one thousand "souls",  or a single trapped and crying baby. Anybody who would voluntarily choose the first would very rightly be thought of as a heartless monster. And in the real world, nobody would make that choice. However, if they legally and morally are human beings, and you could save one thousand of them, then you would have to make that choice! So in fact they aren't.  And there is no number of them that would change this:  you can increase the number from a thousand, to ten thousand, to one hundred thousand - the answer is the same. At some point, the freedom of the woman carrying just one of these, to make her own very personal decision affecting the rest of her life,  must take precedence.

    So you cannot draw the line at conception - you must draw it somewhere else. Where it should be drawn is a matter for debate, but the Supreme Court did so wisely and carefully in their Roe v. Wade decision. Pro-lifers try to make this into an absolute, black and white issue, but it certainly is not one. They want us to abandon the vital human ability to make distinctions, but purposefully throwing that away is an invitation to tragedy, as the diarist points out with crystal clarity.

    "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by orrg1 on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 03:35:51 PM PDT

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