I just caught the end of today’s NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. The panelists were discussing stem-cell research, and this philosophical dilemma was posed to the lay-man caller by one of the scientists:

If there was a fire in a fertility clinic, and you had the choice to save either a six year old girl or 24 frozen embroyos, which would you choose?

The obvious point here is an attempt to show that the pro-life position on this issue is ridiculous. The caller was greatly tripped up by this one and stumbled over a vague reply.

So are there any takers? Remember that there sits a panel of very intelligent scientists and doctors all skeptically waiting to hear your answer.

How would you respond? (And, please, don’t just give your answer–a few reasons would be nice too.) I look forward to your thoughts!