I’m holding a baby in one hand and a petri dish containing an embryo in the other. I’m going to drop one. You chose which. If you truly believe an embryo is the same thing as a baby, it should be impossible for you to decide. You should have to flip a coin, that’s how impossible the decision should be. Shot in the dark, you save the baby. Because you’re aware there’s a difference. Now admit it.
cultureshift, et al:
You assume that I made a decision. I didn’t. I don’t have to choose. You do. You’re the one holding two innocent lives in your hands and making the choice to kill one of them. That’s the thing about ‘the right to choose’ — the right to choose what? Let’s rephrase your thought experiment:
I am holding two guns. One is pointed at the head of a toddler, and one is pointed at the head of an infant. You choose which trigger I pull.
I’ll assume that rather than making a decision for one child or the other, you recognize that I’m a terrible person for holding a gun to a child’s head. You’re going to refuse to play by my rules because someone ends up dead and that’s wrong. That’s exactly the point the pro-life community is trying to make: people — precious prenatal human beings, are dying because we continue to play by your rules.
We’re done accepting the idea that human lives are less valuable because of their location or stage of life. We’re standing up for the prenatal and neonatal by declaring that all human life is valuable, regardless of size or dependency. We are voicing our concern that the game is rigged, the rules are wrong, and the one holding the gun of ‘choice’ is causing the harm.