“It’s only a clump of cells,” says my interlocutor. I’ll call him Mike.
“I’m not aware of the scientific meaning of the word clump.” In all arguments regarding abortion, sex, marriage, and the raising of children, we may well steal a march on our opponents by appealing to biological or anthropological facts, immediately.
“Well,” says Mike, “all I mean is that it is just a few cells, that’s all.”
“Do you have a particular number in mind that will be decisive? Surely you don’t believe that there is some threshold number beyond which a creature is more than a clump.”
“All I mean is that it’s not a human being. It’s only a clump, a blob.”
“That’s another term I am not familiar with: blob. Does it have a scientific meaning, too?”
Obviously compiled from multiple conversations, because “Mike” doesn’t run away, scream at the author, or start accusing him of anything….