[quote=All4lifetoo]Your question is the moral equivalent of asking: If you were walking down the street and saw a black man, a white man, and a hispanic man being killed, which would you save? You are asking someone to discriminate among persons based upon outward appearances. Such an act is immoral, and I would say the very premise is immoral. All are persons of equal dignity, made in the image and likeness of God. If a choice in such a situation must be made, it must be made for reasons other than those of appearance, age, color, or anything else that inheres in the human being.
You make an excellent point, and perhaps the premise of the question is immoral (though I can asssure you I have no hidden agenda).
My goal is to get to the bottom of why its ok to defend an ex-vitro living child (even, if need be, by killing someone) and the same is not ok regarding an abortion doctor (whom I know is killing) and a scientist destroying embryos (whom I know is murdering).
I believe the reasoning must go beyond the authority issue: that is, that one doesn’t have the authority to kill the doctor or scientist, but does have the right, in defense of the child, to kill the one who threatens the living child.
I think we all have a natural sense that there is something different about the one year old as compared to the fetus or embryo.
Let me give an example. I have four children. Really five. One of ours didn’t make it due to a miscarriage. When that miscarraige happened, I felt a certain sadness, but nothing near what I imagine I would feel if, say, my two year old were to die. Why?
If you argue that it was merely because I didn’t yet know the fetus-child, then I would agree. That would have to be part of the explanation. But beyond that, I believe there is a natural sense in which we understand that there is a categorical difference between the one miscarried and the one born.
Please understand that I am just “exploring” this issue. I repeat that I’m willing to admit that I am wrong and that I am mistaken on the part of my perceptions. But I wish someone would eplore the issue with me…why is it that we have this natural sense that there is a difference between the three?