Category Archive: Abortion

Mar 24 2014

Iris Vander Pluym is a little bit peeved

Oh, swoon. She’s writing about embryology and abortion. The pro-blastocyst/anti-autonomous-adult people ought to read it.

Mar 18 2014

The biological species concept is not an anti-choice argument

Oooh, I have annoyed Secular Pro-Life so much. I disagreed with the confusion they sow by equating status as a human being with being members of the species Homo sapiens; the former is a property of an entity, the latter a property of a class. It is highly problematic to freely switch between the two, …

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Mar 14 2014

Don’t tell people how to feel about abortion

Stephanie Zvan quotes Massimo Pigliucci: To decide to get an abortion is always (or, at least, should always be) a very difficult and emotional step, precisely because it has significant ethical consequences. Why? Philosopher, examine your assumptions. There is no particular reason abortion should be difficult; it’s certainly less fraught than pregnancy. I could see …

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Mar 12 2014

An atheist can be pro-life only by lying about the science

Hemant Mehta let an anti-choice atheist romp about and make her secular pro-life argument, but since he thinks it’s important to give a forum to bullshit but doesn’t think it’s important enough to criticize, I guess I have to. It’s by Kristine Kruszelnicki, president of Pro-Life Humanist, and we’ve dealt with her before; she’s the …

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Jan 22 2014

Abortion: Safe, legal, and as frequent as you want one

Elyse talks about abortion, and there she goes, undermining the conventional narrative. And when we talk about abortion, we talk about the hand wringing. The indecisiveness. The longing to keep the baby. The understanding that the woman already knows a part of her will always regret her decision. There’s pacing around the house. There’s sleepless …

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Jan 19 2014

Sticking it to this pope

It’s good to see that I’m not the only one not falling for this grinnin’ pope. Gregory Paul talks about the Dark Side of Pope Francis. That theoconservatives are being unsettled by Francis is a good thing. What is disturbing is how so many, but by no means all, liberals – including atheist Bill Maher …

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Jan 10 2014

They really are just putting up obnoxious roadblocks

The right has been obsessed with putting up pointless obstacles to getting an abortion: waiting periods, ultrasounds, vaginal ultrasounds, etc. Their entire purpose is to punish and increase the suffering and anxiety of women trying to get a legal and necessary procedure done, because they sure as heck have nothing to do with actually dissuading …

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Sep 03 2013

Anti-choicers arguing against me in absentia

Some Christian named Scott Klusendorf responded to my interview on Issues, etc., largely by distorting my position, misunderstanding what I said, and pretending to be a better authority on developmental biology than I am. I’ve copied a quick and sloppy transcript of parts of it from another Christian. I guess I have to get used …

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Jul 22 2013

Another horrible world

Read this interview of Dr Jen Gunter by Maggie Koerth-Baker on the consequences of illegal abortions. The nightmare of blood and death for women is what religious conservatives want, apparently. But there’s hope, and it’s so simple and easy — we could make everyone happy with one solution. Study after study after study shows that …

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Jul 19 2013

I don’t ♥ Texas

Texas legislators are doing it again, abusing the law to force-feed religious ideology on the public and specifically, to opress women. They’re pushing a ridiculous new law, following a lead set by North Dakota (seriously, if you’re looking for model legislation, don’t look to North Dakota). On Thursday, three Texas Republicans filed a measure that …

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