Category Archives: Contraception and abortion

Why “What if I’d never been born?” doesn’t wash, and why no one will be persuaded by this argument

sciseekclaimtoken-4f7059467bc85 Over on Slate, a debate is raging about whether the “What if I’d never been born?” argument is a valid line of reasoning in the abortion debate. I understand the argument: I value my life, and if my Mom … Continue reading

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How I’d fix Kachingle for $110,000

I think Kachingle is a really great idea. In fact, I’m a paying subscriber and my blog The Daily Monthly is a member. Basically, the way their site works is this: Readers pay a $5/month subscription fee that is distributed … Continue reading

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A doctor shouldn’t have to be this kind of hero

Yesterday Dr. George Tiller was shot down in cold blood as he served as an usher in his own church in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Tiller was a hero. He was a hero because he helped women who were facing death … Continue reading

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The abortion debate isn’t about the right to life

PZ Myers brings up another chestnut from the seemingly endless vault of “pro-life” arguments: From a biology or human embryology textbook in use on an accredited university campus (your own University of Minnesota-Morris campus would be fine), please cite chapter … Continue reading

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What the U.S. shares with Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Liberia

The picture, from the August National Geographic, says it all: Shameful.

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Happy birthday, Word Munger!

Hard to believe, isn’t it? Word Munger is now two years old. Just a year ago, Word Munger took his first baby steps. Now he’s toddling around so quick, you can hardly keep up with him. You might think he … Continue reading

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PZ on Plan B

PZ Myers has a great post explaining the mechanism for Plan B, the emergency contraceptive that is the pro-life bickering point du jour. a spike in LH levels triggers ovulation and progesterone suppresses LH. Hmmm. This suggests an idea. If … Continue reading

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The beginning of life

Pro-lifers want to know: when does life begin? Is it at conception? What about birth? Somewhere inbetween? Biologists have trouble defining life, too. Is a virus alive? What about a toenail? The difficulty for biologists is constructing a definition that … Continue reading

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Other states considering abortion bans

Just got this e-mail from NARAL pro-choice America: South Dakota’s ban is just the beginning. Twelve more states have considered similar bans – Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia are … Continue reading

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20 questions, pro-lifer style

A pro-lifer has put up “20 questions” for pro-choicers. Here are my answers. 1. At what point do you think that a human being, with human rights, comes into existence? Is it at birth, or earlier? The first point that … Continue reading

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Abortion, sex, and murder

Alas, A Blog has posted a handy table showing how pro-life positions tend to correspond a different motivation than what they claim — that these positions aren’t consistent with a belief that abortion is murder, but are consistent with a … Continue reading

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Thinking like a pro-lifer, take three

First, I just wanted to let readers know that the comments threads are still quite active in two of my posts on the pro-life movement (here and here — I really need to get a “recent comments” plugin set up … Continue reading

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New category: Contraception and Abortion

I’ve found myself writing more and more about the issues of contraception and abortion, so I figured I may as well start a new category. I’ve even gone back and relabeled my old posts on the topic, so if you … Continue reading

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Back on the pro-life movement: a review of a review

So Mollie Ziegler of the New York Sun has reviewed How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America, which I also reviewed last week. Let’s take it paragraph by paragraph: NARAL Pro-Choice New York’s Cristina Page writes a book that fails to … Continue reading

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Thinking like a pro-lifer, take two

I’m having quite a debate with “Deep Thought” in the comments about some of the finer points of abortion. I don’t want to pick on Deep Thought in particular, but I have noticed a few things. Pro-lifers like to think … Continue reading

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Trying to think like a pro-lifer

I’ve just been reading through the comments on this post. Clearly there are lots of people who believe abortion is murder. How can it not be, one commenter asks, if you’re destroying a person with brainwaves and a beating heart? … Continue reading

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I just read a very depressing book

I’ve argued for a long time on Word Munger that the “pro-life” movement is really an anti-sex movement. I think most Americans realize that the anti-abortion aspect of the “pro-life” campaign isn’t so much about preserving life as it is … Continue reading

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Jane Galt on abortion

Jane Galt’s at it again: Back in the good old days, she argues, women got abortions so their lives wouldn’t be destroyed from the shame of being unwed mothers. By contrast, we are now having abortions so that we can … Continue reading

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Let me bore you some more

As if I haven’t ranted enough about the abortion debate (which I prefer to refer to as the pro/anti sex debate), I want to rant a little more. Now Jane Galt’s got a long piece about why sex education isn’t … Continue reading

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Make love, not war!

William Saletan wants pro-choicers to declare war on abortion. William Saletan is wrong. First off, where do we get off declaring war on a concept? You declare war on a country, not a concept (and no one even bothers with … Continue reading

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