Thankfully, I’m no longer subject to the whims of co-worker bullies as described in a post a couple of weeks ago. That means no more paychecks, at least until another likely job opens up later this month. If anyone can drop a few coins in my Paypal account at DarkSydOTheMoon at A.O.L. dot-com, that would hugely appreciated. Sorry to bother everyone, but it’s just a fact that we all need money to survive.
And speaking of facts, when did it become OK to start with the premise that facts don’t matter in a legal case? Because in the Hobby-Lobby ruling, the fact-impaired gave way to fact-dismissal by the highest court in the land before the case was even argued, and it was just accepted, with little or no debate. A brief recap via The Nation:
But the thing I really don’t understand is why it didn’t matter that preventing implantation is not “abortion,” according to the accepted medical definition of the term. And even if it was, Plan B, Ella and the IUDs don’t work that way, with the possible exception of one form of IUD when inserted as emergency contraception. As an amicus brief from a long list of prestigious medical organizations and researchers laid out at length, studies show that emergency contraception and the IUD prevent fertilization, not implantation. They are not “abortifacients,” even under the anti-choicers’ peculiar definition of abortion. (Green is actually more moderate than some anti-choicers, who include hormonal contraception, aka “baby pesticide,” as abortion.) Why doesn’t it matter that there is no scientific evidence for Green’s position? When did Jesus become an Ob/Gyn?
No one understands it. The facts is pregnancy for placental mammals, i.e., humans, occurs when one or more viable fertilized embryos successfully implants in the uterine lining. One reason being, that’s when it first becomes detectable. It’s certainly not practical and arguably not even possible to safely, reliably detect a microscopic fertilized egg floating around in a liter or two of fluid containing all sorts of chemicals and cells, dead or alive, in the uterus or fallopian tubes of a living person.
That’s a fact, and while people are free to hold any number of untrue beliefs, one of the primary reasons we have courts in the first place is to determine the facts. That’s why we emphasize telling the truth. the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The number of ways a judge dismissing facts and accepting false beliefs instead could send the entire judicial system into chaos boggles the mind.