Man Eviscerates Anti-Abortion Argument With One Question

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Abortion has been legally settled in this country since 1973. But the debate rages on. Anti-choicers attack a woman’s right to choose on a seemingly constant basis. One favored anti-abortion argument is that life begins at conception, meaning all fertilized eggs are living. This argument has been debunked scientifically and legally, but morally, it’s one that many people cling to. Patrick S. Tomlinson, a science fiction writer, shut down that argument last week with a single question.

The “life begins at conception” anti-abortion argument completely ignores scientific data regarding reproduction and viability. But it feels morally superior, so at least they have that going for them. But when pushed on that morality, where will they land?


Patrick sets up his argument by saying there’s one question that no anti-abortion argument or anti-choicer has ever been able to answer honestly.



Imagine the scenario: fertility clinic engulfed in flames. In one corner sits a 5-year old child crying for help. In another, a container holding 1000 viable frozen embryos.


Save the kid? Or save the frozen embryos? You’ve got one option, and one option only.



A human child is infinitely more valuable than all the frozen embryos in the world. Because they are not the same. Biologically, physically, morally, or any other way.


“Those who claim to are trying to manipulate you so they can control women.” Full. Stop.


If life begins at conception, then every single woman who’s had a miscarriage could be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Anywhere between 10-25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, through absolutely no fault of the woman. It’s just one of the awfully sad facts of life. To assign life at conception is to assign responsibility to women who’ve suffered through the pain of losing a pregnancy. You can 100% be against abortion, FOR YOURSELF. But every woman in this country is entitled to her own reproductive freedom. There is nothing morally ambiguous about it.

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