Category Archive: Reproduction

Nov 05 2012

Think of it as God’s bloody practical joke

Wow. I had no idea that some Catholics would go so far as to prevent simple procedures to remove ectopic pregnancies. These are conditions in which the zygote implants in the wrong place — the fallopian tube, rather than the uterus. The embryo can grow for a while, but not long, before it reaches a …

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Nov 02 2012

A better recording of the Matt Dillahunty vs. Kristine Kruszelnicki debate

I’m not sure why you’d want a higher quality recording of that beat-down, but here’s the official Texas Freethought Convention recording of the abortion debate.

Oct 30 2012

Screw those women and neuroscientists, we should let Kant make abortion decisions!

William Egginton has an op-ed in the NYT in which he suggests that neuroscience might challenge Roe v. Wade. It’s long — about 1900 words — and it’s revealing that in all the ambiguous fudging about whether a fetus is conscious, there is no consideration at all for the woman wrapped around it. In fact, …

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Oct 24 2012

What the embryologists really say

The anti-choice advocates are always citing a handful of embryologists in order to claim that scientists say human life begins at fertilization. The one fellow who is always getting cited in these claims is Keith L. Moore, a very familiar name in embryology circles, because he wrote several introductory texts on human embryology. I thought …

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Oct 23 2012

Texas Freethought Convention’s ferociously one-sided debate

Want to watch Matt Dillahunty savagely demolish some poor innocent pro-lifer? It’s kind of like the ghastly video she shows near the end of her segment — rhetorical body parts and virtual pools of gore everywhere. Only sadists will click play on this video.

Oct 21 2012

Bad argument #3: Science says what?

(This is part of a list of bad arguments I heard at the Texas Freethought Convention.) I save the worst for last: the pro-choice (Matt Dillahunty) vs. “pro-life” (Kristine Kruszelnicki) debate on Saturday. Poor Ms Kruszelnicki, a recently declared atheist who opposes abortion, was hopelessly outclassed and outgunned at every point, and relied entirely on …

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Aug 29 2012

Todd Akin is not an extremist


The Republicans want you to think he is a fringe candidate, a wacky loner who just said something outrageous. But when you look at the voting record of Minnesota's Republicans, it becomes really clear: they all vote almost exactly as Todd Akin would on every abortion-related bill that comes up. It’s really rather stunning: Democrats …

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Aug 02 2012

The Jack D. Ripper School of Reproductive Biology

So I got in this odd twitter argument — arguing against a point so stupid, so against reason and biology, that I didn’t bother to bring it up here. The source of this argument was an MRA site, AVoiceForMen (home to the odious JohnTheOther and Paul Elam, if you recall), and the discussion was about …

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Aug 01 2012

The only abortion argument that counts

We can make all the philosophical and scientific arguments that anyone might want, but ultimately what it all reduces to is a simple question: do women have autonomous control of their bodies or not? Even if I thought embryos were conscious, aware beings writing poetry in the womb (I don’t, and they’re not), I’d have …

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Jun 20 2012

Why everyone should be pro-choice

Maggie Koerth-Baker has an amazingly heartfelt post up about her abortion. You ought to read it, especially if you’re one of those people who wants to take her choices away or make her feel even worse about what she’s got to do. There is no universal good option. There is no universal bad option. But …

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