Is there a difference?

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said:

‘Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.’

So the doctor said: ‘Ok and what do you want me to do?’

She said: ‘I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.’

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: ‘I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.’

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued: ‘You see, in order for you not to have to take care of two babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.’

The lady was horrified and said: ‘No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!’

‘I agree’, the doctor replied. ‘But you seemed to be okay with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.’

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.

No matter how many times I hear this, I always like reading it again. It make total sense: People are people, and should be treated that way from the very moment their life begins. There isn’t a difference between killing this mother’s one year old, and killing her unborn baby. Why? Because both are people – innocent people at that. They have no reason to die. We don’t become people after we’re born, but when we begin to exist at conception. 
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