March 6, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake brings up an interesting question:It says it all. If you're going to put doctors - and women - in jail for abortion of clusters of cells, do you save 5 clusters of cells in the petri dish or one baby, given the choice?I brought up one of my favorite forced birth conundrums the other day, guaranteed to make wingnut "life begins at conception" heads explode. If a fire breaks out in a fertility clinic and you can only save a petri dish with five blastulae or a two-year old child, which do you save?
We just love Mike Stark, who takes this stuff to the streets. He called Andrew Wilkow's radio talk show and put the question to him, and Wilkow's head did, in fact, explode. He was reduced to a sputtering rage, screaming that he would not, in fact, save the two year-old child. Mike hung right in there with him and the results are predictably hilarious. You can just feel Wilkow's listeners flipping the channel and saying "F that noise, that guy's insane." It's a brilliant little sound clip.
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Ha! Brilliantly constructed dilemma.
I absolutely loved that post.
Posted by: Phillybits at March 11, 2006 8:34 PM
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