Here’s a test:
I’m holding a baby in one hand and a petri dish holding a fetus in the other.
I’m going to drop one. You chose which.
If you really truly believe a fetus is the same thing as a baby, it should be impossible for you to decide. You should have to flip a coin, that’s how impossible the decision should be.
Shot in the dark, you saved the baby.
Because you’re aware there’s a difference.
Now admit it
To be fair, this isn’t an entirely apt metaphor. Let’s take this a step further in its application to the issue: I’m holding a petri dish with a fetus and a baby. You toss me a fertilized embryo in a jar and to save all three, I begin to juggle.
I can juggle for about 15 minutes. If all three are to be saved, you’ll have to find a second juggler with whom I can trade off. You have 10 minutes to find the juggler, but once the first juggler is found I can help you find the next juggler, and so on with each juggler until enough jugglers are found to reach a sustainable equilibrium for 9 months until the embryo is brought to term.
Here’s the thing- The baby is also growing and in 9 months will be 9 months old, and at this point in accordance with Malthusian theory, the baby will have to eat the fetus to survive unless alternate food is introduced into the juggling cycle. The embryo is also now a fetus and the prior fetus a baby, and regardless of the jugglers in 18 years fetus-alpha will become sexually mature and produce a new embryo of its own, and so on.
To complicate matters, the sexually mature former fetus, and also subsequent fetuses B-E have pursued careers in juggling. Fetus A has graduated juggling school and can begin juggling, but the subfetuses can only juggle while supervised by a non-juggling graduated fetus, so the 18th embryo will not be able to juggle until the 36th year, and once reaching the age of 65 the initial juggler fetus will have to retire BUT- It still requires food and social security.
So as you pro-choice people can see, it’s just not that simple and I hope you’ll consider the above when talking about the issue.