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left of center Donating Member (287 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:45 PM
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Great abortion/ stem cell argument for pro-lifers.
A friend recently introduced me to an argument that I had not heard before. It is for people who equate a zygote with a fully developed human being.

It goes something like this:

If there was a raging fire in a building and inside it were trapped people and some stored human zygotes, who would you rescue first?

If they say the people, then you ask them why they're making that choice if the zygotes are no different than people. Is one more precious? More human?

If they say either or say the zygotes, then they look cold and irrational to all but the most fanatical pro-lifer. In such case, why waste any more time speaking with them?

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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:54 PM
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1. That's a pretty good argument
Another one that developed out of a conversation with my daughter is that if the zygote has full human rights, then it would be illegal to incarcerate a pregnant woman who committed even the most heinous crime - because it would require an innocent person to also serve prison time.
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left of center Donating Member (287 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:43 AM
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2. Or any stress placed upon a pregnant women that
causes her to miscarry would be voluntary or involuntary manslaughter for the person or persons causing such stress.
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