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  •  now read the thompson essay (0+ / 0-)

    thanks for the reply - now I went and read the original essay!  (well, I skimmed some of the later parts).   I'm glad that at the end she doesn't come up with an absolutist position, and puts it as a balance between the rights of both later term fetuses and the mother.   I still have some problems with it, though - I don't think she should dismiss the points about not being allowed to directly kill someone as invalid, actually I think those are valid points, even if there could be exceptions in self-defense or extreme circumstance.  And 'unplugging' or 'separating' is kind of different than 'chopping up with a knife'.  The devil is in the details...which is part of her point, is that the details do matter, or at least I hope they do.

    Anyway, life is full of really difficult and unpleasant things that we do our best to shield ourselves from!  I just made my kids turkey sandwiches this morning, then went out to feed our pet turkey the leftover veggies...

    I'm actually glad for our oppositional system, even though its hard to get stuff done I feel like the current laws are a reasonable compromise.  I wouldn't mind scaling back 2nd term abortions but definitely would be wrong to prevent 1st term ones or 2nd term ones for medical reasons.   And I'd like to see more legislators worried about taking care of the already born kids around the world, who have a right to a decent future...

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