You are in a burning fertility clinic...

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You are in a burning fertility clinic...
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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 3:32pm

You are on the second floor of a burning fertility clinic. The wild flames are advancing toward you, along the hallway. There is a door into a stairwell behind you, which you know leads outside. Despite the ringing alarm, the fire trucks are nowhere near. You see from the fire that once you leave, you will not be able to return.

On one side, you have a small cryo-storage chest containing 1,000 blastocyst stage embryos, ready for implantation.

On the other side, there is a petite woman who fainted in the excitement of the fire.

You are strong enough to carry either the embryos or the woman out with you. What do you do? And does it require a second thought?

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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 3:43pm
The woman, no second thought.
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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 3:53pm

Because of my training I'm taking the petite woman (she is alive human being)

~Sam

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 5:47pm
The women, no second thought.
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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 6:15pm

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Fri, 06-22-2007 - 2:48pm
I would grab the woman! It doesn't require a second thought.
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Fri, 06-22-2007 - 3:15pm
I would grab the woman. I would feel bad for the embryos but that thought wouldn't occur to me until later



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Sat, 06-23-2007 - 11:48am
The Woman - the embryo's wouldn't even be a consideration or a tought in my mind.
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Sat, 06-23-2007 - 4:27pm
Well as a woman who *has* 7 frozen emby's in a clinic I'd say without hesitation...HELP THE woman. I'd rather have mine and the 993 others get ruined than let a person perish in a fire. I can't imagine anyone having a different response.
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Sat, 06-23-2007 - 4:49pm

I hope everyone understands that I'm not trying to imply the embryos aren't morally valuable.
The idea is to underscore that the moral weight of an embryo isn't the same as that of a woman, that this is really a grey-scale for everyone, that an embryo has whatever weight its mother chooses to imbue it with because all of its value arises from its possibility, not its actuality.

I would start to see different urgency behind saving embryos depending on their future as determined by their parents - if the original situation had me choose between 1,000 that belonged to parents who had borne as many as they wanted and were debating between disposal and donation to research, and 4 that belonged to a woman who had not yet been successful, I would take the 4. It's all about what the woman wants. That decision would only take me about as long as it took to remember the accounts and who was planning what with their embryos.




Edited 6/23/2007 4:53 pm ET by wobitnobby
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Sun, 06-24-2007 - 6:25pm

The woman.

Sue

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