'In ten years no one has ever answered it honestly' - Author's question for pro-lifers goes viral
An author's thread, in which he poses a question for pro-lifers on the issue of abortion, has gone viral.
Patrick S Tomlinson, a journalist and author, posted the question and thread six days ago and it has been retweeted 29,000 times and liked 58,000 times.
The thread, which relates to the question of when life begins, has evoked a huge response from both the pro-life and pro-choice camps, eliciting 4,400 reactions.
Whenever abortion 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/— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) October 17, 2017
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 pro-life crowd hates the question. 2/— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) October 17, 2017
Here it is. You're in a fertility clinic. Why isn't important. The fire alarm 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/— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) October 17, 2017
They're in one corner of the room. In the other corner, you spot a frozen container labeled "1000 Viable Human Embryos." 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/— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) October 17, 2017
Do you A) save the child, or B) save the thousand embryos? There is no "C." "C" means you all die.— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) October 17, 2017
In a decade of arguing with anti-abortion people about the definition of human life, 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/— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) October 17, 2017
This question absolutely evicerates their arguments, and their refusal to answer confirms that they know it to be true.— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) October 17, 2017
No one, anywhere, actually believes an embryo is equivalent to a child. That person does not exist. They are lying to you. 7/
They are lying to you to try and evoke an emotional response, a paternal response, using false-equivalency.— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) October 17, 2017
No one believes life begins at conception. No one believes embryos are babies, or children. Those who cliam to are trying to manipulate you so they can control women. 8/
Don't let them. Use this question to call them out. Reveal them for what they are. Demand they answer your question, and when they don't, slap that big ol' Scarlet P of the Patriarchy on them. The end. 9/9— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) October 17, 2017
The author has been challenged by many on his thread, with some believing that he is saying embryos are not alive and that they are without value.
He says this is "missing the point" and that "all that is being demonstrated is their value is not equal to that of a human child. That's it. That's the point."
Others take issue with his "black and white scenario" and give him alternative scenarios to consider.
Ironically I'm not pro-life but pigeon hole scenarios like yours actually weaken the pro-choice position. It's NEVER that black and white.— Dave Williams (@dprwilliams) October 21, 2017
A pregnant woman who is unconscious and a child you can only save one. Who do you pick?— Crystal Car (@CrystalCar2) October 22, 2017
The debate continues to rage online.