First of all, I’d like to make it clear that I am pro-choice. However, I also understand that there are plenty of logical, legitimate reasons why one would be pro-life. Personally, morality for me is a subjective thing, a psychological tool that human beings use. All of that being said, my brother sent me an interesting thought experiment designed to be presented to the pro-life camp. It goes a little something like this:
In one hand I hold an infant.
In the other hand I hold a Petri dish containing a fertilized egg.
In one minute, I’m going to drop one of them. However, you get to decide which one.
So which one do you save?
Take a moment to think about and answer that question.
I find this an interesting thought experiment because it directly addresses one of the main arguments that pro-life people use: life begins at conception; that little cluster of cells is alive, and it’s a human being. If one truly believes that life begins at conception, then that fertilized egg should hold as much value as the fully formed infant. Yet the designers of the experiment are willing to postulate that most people–regardless of their stance on abortion–will pick the fully formed child over the Petri dish. Interesting to think about.