Thursday 21 June 2018

'In ten years no one has ever answered it honestly' - Author's question for pro-lifers goes viral

Embryos being placed onto a CryoLeaf ready for instant freezing using a vitrification process for IVF. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Embryos being placed onto a CryoLeaf ready for instant freezing using a vitrification process for IVF. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

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.

It reads:

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.

The debate continues to rage online.

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