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  •  try to understand them (15+ / 0-)

    I agree with you about "abstract moral condemnation" versus "human life who can suffer and feel pain." But I have to say, you remind me of my father, except that he overgeneralizes from the opposite end of the political spectrum. My diary is about the importance of trying to understand where other people are coming from, and the inability of right-wing absolutists to do so, particularly in the area of abortion. But this doesn't make all of them sociopaths. It may make them vulnerable to manipulation by sociopaths; it may prevent them from questioning tenets they've been taught since they learned to walk (like I was); it may limit their ability to cope with their own guilt without resorting to primitive denial and grandiosity. We are part of the problem if we assume them to be monolithically lazy, immoral, and incapable of giving "even the slightest damn about a human life after it is born."

    •  curious, since you raise this point, (7+ / 0-)

      what is your take on the "Women For Akin" group? of the articles i've read, with interviews of some of them, they should, by all rights, be in the polar opposite camp, ideologically speaking. one is a single mother of two, twice raped, impregnated and aborted once as a result. she is also a recovering alcoholic/other drug addict, who "found jesus", and claims that she wishes she never had the option of an abortion, and hopes that option won't be available to her two daughters. further, she claims that what akin said isn't what he meant, even though she also admits she has no way of knowing what he actually meant.

      to me, she sounds like a woman in desperate need of professional psychiatric help, who is being exploited by the akin campaign. but hey, that's just me.

      •  good psychiatric help can be hard to find (11+ / 0-)

        She might benefit from it, although maybe this defense mechanism is working for her (and other Akin fans with similar stories). People deal with guilt in a variety of ways, and one of the most common is to blame it on someone else. This is one reason malpractice insurance is so expensive for abortion providers: guilt is the elephant in the room, and it often gets externalized onto providers.

        Many women who choose abortion for excellent reasons feel horribly guilty about it. I used to defuse this in some cases by offering to show them the "tissue" (routinely inspected to ascertain completeness). When I would point out the teensy little speck of an embryo, hard to discern in the mass of placenta and uterine lining, many patients seemed to feel enormous relief. I suspect "Governer Ultrasound" in Virginia doesn't realize that his odious requirement could backfire in early pregnancy.

        •  i suspect more that my idiot gov. doesn't care. (1+ / 0-)
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          I suspect "Governer Ultrasound" in Virginia doesn't realize that his odious requirement could backfire in early pregnancy.
          he and our blissfully, equally idiotic AG are pods in a pea, convinced they know best for everyone, because, um, GOD! i believe they were truly stunned when so many va women rose up and threatened to (literally in some cases) to castrate them. so many sluts, so little time to send them to hell!

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