(From a post by theferrett:)
"It's what Christ would have done," they told me.
"But..." I protested. "You could become humans. Fully-fledged children. Isn't that a temptation?"
"It might be," the embryo said, a half-formed tear in its half-formed eye. "But the truth is, we embryos are very sad."
"And why is that?"
"The Republicans," it said. "We're kings and queens of mankind to them, but once we emerge from the womb they don't care about us any more. Don't they understand that we embryos grow into children who must also be nurtured? Many of our would-be parents are toiling for minimum wage, either making $5,000 below the poverty level or working two jobs to get by... And suddenly, we're neglected. Our education suffers. Why would we want to come into a world that's governed by people who hate what we will become?"
"It's as if the Republicans loved the caterpillar, but hated the butterfly," I said.
"Yes. Better to give ourselves to the betterment of mankind. If one man will ever walk partly because of me, then I will have done more than I would have ever been able to do for humanity under the Bush administration."
"You are wise, tiny embryo," I said, and watched with a gasp as it grew tiny angel wings and flew into the waiting arms of science.