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  •  The potential human being (1+ / 0-)
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    idea has a bit of a flaw.  A fetus certainly is, but why draw the line where you did?  Are not an egg and an incoming sperm just before they meet just as much a potential Einstein?  Would it not be just as depriving the world of that Einstein to put a barrier between said egg and sperm?  You are apparently drawing a line at conception after which you have more of an issue with a woman deciding not to maintain the pregnancy that you do with a woman deciding not to conceive at all.  
    I do understand and agree that abortion is a sort of a failure if it was an unintended pregnancy conceived with voluntary sex to begin with.  She meant to avoid getting pregnant and failed to do so.  However, there are rapes and intended pregnancies that turn out to be anomalous enough to warrant termination, or the mother's health takes a nose dive and warrants freeing her of the burden of the pregnancy.  Those are not failures, but tragedies.  

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    by fayea on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 10:11:31 AM PST

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    •  Further, not only is a sperm or a zygote a (1+ / 0-)
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      potential Einstein, but also a potential Jack the Ripper or Hitler or whatever your idea of evil is. It's also a potential naturally miscarried option which happens often enough. Why do you consider only the very best option, and not all the others equally probable, including good old "God took that particular one Home to Him long before the mother even knew he existed."

      It is fundamentally unfair to make an Einstein argument, because it is simply not possible to know looking at a pregnant woman whether that is even remotely possible, or more probable than the Ripper. This Einstein straw argument is like Cheney's One Percent answer to risk, if only one percent chance exists that the one over there might do something to attack you, that's a good enough reason to kill him first. It didn't work for him and it doesn't work for this. This country has 307 million people and through the generations has had many times that number, and none of them have yet been Einstein. He came as an immigrant from another huge pool of not-Einsteins.  

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