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The GOP has been batshit crazy for so long that I don't remember them as being normal human beings. They're like emotionless pod people.
preterite? you realize that's a past tense in language, right?
what you mean is "unregenerate"
...until it exits the womb, of course.
Every time the GOP incites a culture of lawlessness and violence toward illegal immigrants, it has a ripple affect on legal American citizens who happen to share their skin color with illegals. Police profiling, harassment, intimidation, these are all things that LEGAL citizens with brown sking get to put up with when Republican politicians encourage behavior like this. It happened after the Arizona law passed - even Americans of native ancestry (and skin color) became targets.
With Americans tending towards seeing life and rights in more and more entities of this world (e.g., animal rights), the tendency of the future may go against the idea that the fetus can simply be aborted. Which will please the religious right, of course.
Ah, I just don't know what's going to happen...
GOP favorable ratings down among the Slog Degeneransia?!
@20 I can see the argument there. Most people, I would say, believe that killing someone is, in general, morally reprehensible, but that you have a right to kill someone who is trying to kill you. It's basically the same idea, not to mention the fact that if the mother is going to die, the fetus generally will, too, so the choice is either allowing one innocent to die, or two. But yeah, allowing exceptions for rape is really misogynistic: "It's okay to abort if you didn't want the sex that caused the baby! But if you did, you face the consequences, you filthy harlot!"
And on another note, I actually personally know a woman who had an abortion (of a wanted child, no less) to save her life; she was in a car accident that caused a placental abruption early in the second trimester--well before viability. If she'd not had the abortion, she would have bled out and died. So when people say there are no valid health-related reasons to have an abortion, I want to beat the everloving fuck out of them.
Maybe not. But it IS possible, as attested by other countries.
If anything their argument should be, pregnancy carries certain risks, dying is one of them, thus saving the "baby" is more important than saving the mother. Since the "baby" is an innocent bystander.
I don't agree with it, but it's way more consistent that the run-of-the-mill pro-life arguments.
I just don't think progressives should be attacking people who are consistent about the issue. We can make arguments about why their religious opinions shouldn't be used across the board, and shouldn't be used to take rights away from all women. But we're way more likely to gain pro-choice supporters if we force everyone to be consistent about the conception/life/abortion issue.
In the long view, and regretfully allowing that there's a pragmatic need for abortions currently, the debate is a waste of time and money that could be put towards everything from pragmatic sex education, poverty relief, contraceptives, and perhaps even meaningful psychology to help counteract peer pressure for kids and something 'spiritual/meditative' to help make the masses more reflective and less herd-like in their disgusting procreative urges... ;)
Anything to drive down the demand.