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An acorn is not an oak tree. A chicken egg is not a chicken. Silk is not a dress. A fertilized egg is not a person. Alan responds to this challenge offered by some abortion-choice advocates.
Alan responds to the challenge that a human embryo without a brain is not alive and, consequently, can be be killed. Alan answers this week's challenge.
Alan Shlemon responds to the challenge that since human embryos can twin and then even recombine to form one, individual human life can't be determined until after this period.
Does a woman's right to her own body trump the right to life of the unborn? This argument often expresses itself as the "violinist" argument. Alan responds to this week's challenge by explaining the problem with the "violinist" argument and its defense for abortion.