A Milwaukee Author Says People Who Are Opposed To Abortion Have Trouble Answering This Question

"This question absolutely evicerates their arguments, and their refusal to answer confirms that they know it to be true."

Writer Patrick S. Tomlinson is no stranger to the abortion debate, but even after a decade of hearing numerous arguments, the Milwaukee-based author hasn't been able to get an honest answer to a simple question involving a compelling, hypothetical scenario he created.

Per Bustle, Tomlinson took to Twitter last week to share said scenario via an interesting thread which challenges the notion that "life begins at conception," a popular tenant of the anti-abortion argument. In the scenario, a fire breaks out at a fertility clinic and you must either save the life of a 5-year-old boy crying for help or a frozen container with 1,000 viable human embryos.


As Tomlinson sees it, he's never gotten an truthful answer to this query from someone who is pro-life because "no one ever wants to pick one."

"The correct answer destroys their argument," he adds of those who don't support abortion. "And there IS a correct answer, which is why the pro-life crowd hates the question."

Tomlinson added he never will get a forthright answer to this question because everyone (pro-life supporters included) "instinctively understands 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."

"This question absolutely evicerates their arguments, and their refusal to answer confirms that they know it to be true," Tomlinson continues.

Instead, Tomlinson says, those who equate the two different entities are trying to "evoke an emotional response, a paternal response, using false-equivalency," and attempting to "manipulate you so they can control women."

In conclusion Tomlinson states, "Don't let them. Use this question to call them out. Reveal them for what they are."

The impassioned Twitter thread has garnered thousands of responses, including those from people who agree with Tomlinson and those who do not. As can be expected, many, like this user who inadvertently proved Tomlinson's point, completely missed the objective of the thought experiment. 

In an interview with Salon, Tomlinson said he posted the thought-provoking Twitter thread in response to the House's passage of the 20-week abortion ban earlier this month, which, according to The Hill, would make it "a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possibility of a fine, up to five years in prison or both." 

"I came up with it because I was sick to death of the irresponsible and frankly dishonest framing of the whole debate," Tomlinson tells the publication of the origins of his hypothetical scenario. "Nobody is pro-abortion. People are just pro-'Hey maybe since I don't have a vagina, I shouldn't really have a whole lot of say in what people do with theirs.'" 

A Plus reached out to Patrick S. Tomlinson for comment.

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