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  •  I could have phrased it better. (5+ / 0-)

    What I meant was that it aids anti-choicers in demonizing the pro-choice position, i.e.  "EVIL FEMINISTS CALL BABIES 'PARASITES'!!!"  

    I'm all about de-romanticizing the reproductive process and pregnancy, and wish that it were taught in school in a more complete and dispassionate way.  In doing so, let's not pretend however that the word "parasite" does not contain extremely negative social connotations.  Nor does it appear to me that the blastocyst/embryo/fetus fits the definition of a parasite, even though some aspects of its existence (drawing on a host for nutrition, if you want to use those terms) could be called parasitic.  Last time I checked my body doesn't contain specific organs and organize a whole hormonal cycle in the event of hosting the Giardia Iamblia, and the like.  

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