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Sunday, August 15, 2004

I've been asked in the comments section what my stance is on abortion. It's an issue which I don't spend much time on, though I'm highly resistant to the attempts by folks on the left and the right to make this a litmus test of orthodoxy. The crux of my position is this: development matters. An 8 month abortion is a horrendous thing. A morning after pill is not. In a more ideal world there would exist a political consensus in this country:

There would be concerted efforts to expand the choices for women (in terms of birth control, health care, child care, etc) so that it's less likely that women are forced to face such a decision. There would be legal access to abortion in the early stages, basically first trimester and abortions afterwards would largely be made illegal. And abortion would no longer be a political football, but rather would be something dealt with in more appropriate venues.

The NY Times obituary covers the larger than life Julia Child:
Mrs. Child was a breast cancer survivor, a cat lover, a fervent advocate of Planned Parenthood and an unabashed sensualist with a sly sense of humor. One year she and her husband sent out Valentine's cards with a photograph of them together in the bathtub in Paris. One of her last projects was to be a memoir of her years in France.

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At 7:22 AM , Blogger jj said...

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At 7:35 AM , Blogger jj said...

I can't figure out how to edit and remove comments!
So sorry about the spam in trying to figure that out.

I basically want to ask: WHY should development matter, and why, even assuming it should matter, is a first-trimester cut-off an appropriate expression of that concern?

 
At 12:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Job said "...cursed be the day a manchild was CONCEIVED". According to the Bible (remember the Bible, that's that book gathering dust on your shelf) children are children the day they are conceived, bozo liberal. In your world, what is the "magic day" when they pass from tissue to human? Oh, yeah, "blastocyst". That "mass of tissue" is not going to grow into a chicken, a pig, or anything else. It is not a potential human being, bozo. It is a human being who will continue to mature. If you are for abortion, you are a murderer, and those who practice murder cannot enter the kingdom of heaven, no matter how many of you stand around and try to convince God it doesn't really matter that much. Jesus wept, liberal boy.

 
At 2:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Different Anonymous here . . . you've got some interesting commenters these days. Friends of yours?

In any event, I appreciate your thoughtful posts and willingness to do so in the face some scary (albeit, dimwitted) commenters.

 
At 10:17 PM , Blogger Dwight said...

JJ
The reason I look to development is so that we're in a position to ask questions of what constitutes us as person, such as the development of consciousness, etc.

Anon1
Your whole description rests on potentiality and then you proceed to deny it which is an odd route to this issue.

Anon2

Thanks, I've noticed that the comments section has picked up compared to the past, which is nice. This is an issue I try to avoid, because of the overheated language, but since it surrounds Kerry, it ends up surrounding folks who support him.

 
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