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Old 2nd February 2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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The Moral Case For Abortion and Birth Control:

The Case For Abortion: 500,000 Lost Lives Annually

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Each year on this planet, according to the World Health Organization, 10 million children under the age of 12 and 8 million adults die of starvation or related diseases. Their lives up to the point of death speak to the inhumanity of humanity toward itself—hopelessness, lack of sanitation, diseases, misery, suffering, hunger, lack of water and a host of horrific consequences.

What drives such fecundity madness? Ancient religions such as the Catholic Church, Islam, Hindus and many others cannot unstick themselves from the 1st and 6th centuries. The Pope stands against any form of birth control along with Islam and other religions. Ancient cultures fail to understand their own predicaments. One look at India’s 1.2 billion people illustrates my point—incredible poverty and misery for countless millions. Most live in denial even while mass starvation continues all around them. Example: 1,000 children die every day in India from dysentery, diarrhea and other water borne diseases. (Source: www.populationmedia.org) Yet, India adds 11 million net gain annually into the population nightmare of their country.
Most abortions that are performed are performed in the first-trimester. At that stage the fetus lacks a nervous system capable of suffering and is not capable of contemplating its existence. The children who suffer and die due to poverty are capable of suffering. You can argue that it is possible to care about both but those who fight against birth control and abortion clearly place the priority of sperm and ovum over the life of the mother. Those who fight against abortion place the priority of the unborn fetus above a living, breathing, feeling person. You can argue that I'm engaging in a false dichotomy but the persistence of poverty, the generational aspect of it, demonstrates that there is a limit to how much we can or will intervene. The availability of birth control and abortion to women who can make informed decisions about their reproduction is proven to reduce suffering.
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Problem seems to be that the wealthy countries reproduce too little, and the poor countries reproduce too often.

I am not familiar enough with Hindu to comment on their doctrines in regards to reproduction, but the Catholic Church bears much of the responsibility for Africa and South/Central America
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It's precisely because the religious practices of living in the past and encouraging beliefs into such concepts as 'the golden age' and 'the good old days' that I believe that humanity will never be able to step into the future or find peace so long as religion exists.
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Alas, a tendency towards fecundity seems built-in to humans, and is generally looked on with approval by society.
In "developing" countries, the high birth rate is perhaps conditioned by the extremely high child death-rate.... I listened to one of those NPR "The World" segments where in one African country the villagers don't even name infants until they are one year old...The death rate under a year being so high.

Only sort of related... It seems generally the case that those who warn against overpopulation and it's attendant problems are ignored or shouted down... That any attempt to limit the population is seen as somehow evil or unnatural.
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Problem seems to be that the wealthy countries reproduce too little, and the poor countries reproduce too often.

I am not familiar enough with Hindu to comment on their doctrines in regards to reproduction, but the Catholic Church bears much of the responsibility for Africa and South/Central America
No, that is completely wrong. Look at the birth rate in affluent Catholic countries vs. poor Catholic countries. Italy has a negative population growth rate, for example. Hell, just look at the birth rate among affluent Catholics.

The difference is in poverty vs. affluence, not in religious leanings.
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Originally Posted by joesixpack View Post
No, that is completely wrong. Look at the birth rate in affluent Catholic countries vs. poor Catholic countries. Italy has a negative population growth rate, for example. Hell, just look at the birth rate among affluent Catholics.

The difference is in poverty vs. affluence, not in religious leanings.
I would submit that it is a combination. Educated people and the wealthy, IIRC are far less likely to adhere to religious dogma.

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More Poverty = More Religion

Religion has a surprisingly high correlation with poverty, according to a Gallup survey conducted in more than 100 countries. The more poverty a nation has, the higher the “religiosity” in that nation. In general, richer countries are less religious than poorer ones.

The biggest exception? The United States, which has the highest religiosity relative to its wealth on the planet.
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Problem seems to be that the wealthy countries reproduce too little, and the poor countries reproduce too often.
By what metric are you basing that judgement on? We know that reproduction rates decrease with prosperity, but how does that make one "more correct"? I would argue that each is doing the rational thing in response to their own environment.

As for the OP, I find the argument to be poor, and borderline Malthusian. Humans make the problem of poor resource distribution and unequal development, therefore limiting the reproduction of the poor is good?
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Contraception, I can fully support, but abortion for socioeconomic reasons? I'm really not sure. It's pretty much saying that life is not worth living from my perspective. What is the point of living if you think that your children will live in a nightmare? You might as well launch every nuclear missile and glass the planet if that were the case.
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I would submit that it is a combination. Educated people and the wealth, IIRC are far less likely to adhere to religious dogma.
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Life is rarely so simple that we can apply one simple variable as the cause of any given issue. But the combo of poor and Catholic seems to paint the picture of too many chillens.
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A moral case...for speaking to the choir or some moral philosophies.

I see it completely ineffective for those with religious misgivings. For one, reducing suffering at the cost of a soul is not a valid choice.
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As for the OP, I find the argument to be poor, and borderline Malthusian.
This isn't a valid argument. It does not advance the discussion.

Let me state up front that I'm a big fan of Julian Simon. If you are not familiar with his battle against Malthusian thought see this. That said, Malthus has not been rebutted. There is only a finite number of humans that the Earth can sustain. Malthus was wrong in the short term as he failed to factor the ability of humans to adapt. However, they are not likely to be able to adapt to an infinite number of humans. Your use of "Malthusian" is ad hominem. Malthusian isn't Eugenics or Nazism or Stalinsm or any other ism.

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I don't see how your question follows from your premises. It strikes me as a non sequitur. I don't even understand your point. But, let me address what I think you are saying. There is no evidence that having nore children will reduce poverty. Empowering women will.
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Contraception, I can fully support, but abortion for socioeconomic reasons? I'm really not sure. It's pretty much saying that life is not worth living from my perspective. What is the point of living if you think that your children will live in a nightmare? You might as well launch every nuclear missile and glass the planet if that were the case.
Somewhat agreed. Saying that large chunks of 3rd world populations are better off dead could be a dangerous mentality to have. Not to mention callous and defeatist. Especially considering there is such a disparity of resources and equality in general in the world.

I mean apply this to the US, there is a much higher percentage of minorities that are born in broken homes and are involved in crime. Should we encourage those particular groups to have more abortions or discourage them from breeding. It's kind of eugenic.
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Originally Posted by BobTheCoward View Post
A moral case...for speaking to the choir or some moral philosophies.

I see it completely ineffective for those with religious misgivings. For one, reducing suffering at the cost of a soul is not a valid choice.
Humans are not monolithic. I was religious and believed that abortion was wrong. Reason is our only hope. It won't change everyone but if we all discuss and debate reason will win in the end.

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Somewhat agreed. Saying that large chunks of 3rd world populations are better off dead could be a dangerous mentality to have.
No one is arguing that. I am arguing that birth control and abortion can reduce the suffering of those who are already alive.

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Should we encourage those particular groups to have more abortions or discourage them from breeding. It's kind of eugenic.
No one is encouraging abortions. I am saying that we should provide women with information to make informed choices and make birth control and abortion available on demand.
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Originally Posted by NWO Sentryman View Post
Contraception, I can fully support, but abortion for socioeconomic reasons? I'm really not sure. It's pretty much saying that life is not worth living from my perspective. What is the point of living if you think that your children will live in a nightmare? You might as well launch every nuclear missile and glass the planet if that were the case.
No one is arguing this. NO ONE.

I am arguing that policies should be such that abortion and birth control are available on demand and that women should be given the choice and education to make an informed choice.
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I'm arguing that because of religious taboos many women do not have a choice. I'm arguing that women should be allowed to choose. If you give them that choice and educate them about the options available there will be fewer unwanted pregnancies and less poverty and less crime.
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I'm arguing that because of religious taboos many women do not have a choice. I'm arguing that women should be allowed to choose. If you give them that choice and educate them about the options available there will be fewer unwanted pregnancies and less poverty and less crime.
What about Russia? It has a very high abortion rate (I think it's higher than their birth rate) yet it is wracked with poverty and crime.
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What about Russia? It has a very high abortion rate (I think it's higher than their birth rate) yet it is wracked with poverty and crime.
That doesn't rule out the possibility (probability?) that it would be even worse if there was no birth control and far fewer abortions.
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The Case For Abortion: 500,000 Lost Lives Annually

Most abortions that are performed are performed in the first-trimester. At that stage the fetus lacks a nervous system capable of suffering and is not capable of contemplating its existence. The children who suffer and die due to poverty are capable of suffering. You can argue that it is possible to care about both but those who fight against birth control and abortion clearly place the priority of sperm and ovum over the life of the mother. Those who fight against abortion place the priority of the unborn fetus above a living, breathing, feeling person. You can argue that I'm engaging in a false dichotomy but the persistence of poverty, the generational aspect of it, demonstrates that there is a limit to how much we can or will intervene. The availability of birth control and abortion to women who can make informed decisions about their reproduction is proven to reduce suffering.
I have this to say about abortion. If a woman has consentual sex and gets pregnant then I look down on abortion. Notice I said woman as oppposed to girl. Teenage girls might be exempt from this aversion of mine.

This is not to say I believe abortion should be illegal. Women deserve to be in control of their bodies and if they want to terminate their pregnancy they should have the right to do so. I just don't like it personally.

Rape victims or women pregnant with diseased fetuses with problems such as Tay Sachs disease who get an abortion I completely understand.
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What about Russia? It has a very high abortion rate (I think it's higher than their birth rate) yet it is wracked with poverty and crime.
I do not claim that abortion is panacea. Social problems like crime and poverty are complex. I'm arguing that the availability of birth control and abortion on demand is better than prohibitions against abortion.
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I have this to say about abortion. If a woman has consentual sex and gets pregnant then I look down on abortion. Notice I said woman as oppposed to girl. Teenage girls might be exempt from this aversion of mine.

This is not to say I believe abortion should be illegal. Women deserve to be in control of their bodies and if they want to terminate their pregnancy they should have the right to do so. I just don't like it personally.

Rape victims or women pregnant with diseased fetuses with problems such as Tay Sachs disease who get an abortion I completely understand.
Thanks. Let me first say that I respect your opinion and think it is light years ahead of many in the Christian Right.

That said, I think you have put your finger on the problem. Our cultural aversion to sex. It's arguable that cultural taboos against birth control and abortion are based in large part on our disgust with fornication. BTW: Not an attack on you or your opinion. I'm simply stating another one.
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In my opinion, sex is not a sin. It's a cultural construct (mostly religious) and exists to control people.

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I'd also like to make the point that the "every life is sacred / abortion is wrong" outlook in Christianity is a manufactured controversy. It is *not* biblically sound. Specifically, god calls for the deaths of enemy children at least once, and if you read the second two thirds of Numbers Five, it actually details how a woman presumed to be promiscious may be given an abortion and even sterilized! By a priest! Inside a church!
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Thanks. Let me first say that I respect your opinion and think it is light years ahead of many in the Christian Right.

That said, I think you have put your finger on the problem. Our cultural aversion to sex. It's arguable that cultural taboos against birth control and abortion are based in large part on our disgust with fornication. BTW: Not an attack on you or your opinion. I'm simply stating another one.
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No, you are, you failed to take into account "The Jungian thing".

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That Colonel might be the most accurate portrayal of a senior army officer ever caught on film. He's gruff, to the point, but not a demoralizing asshat like they usually are shown.

I wonder if he was an actual retired Colonel and not an actor?
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Most abortions that are performed are performed in the first-trimester. At that stage the fetus lacks a nervous system capable of suffering and is not capable of contemplating its existence. The children who suffer and die due to poverty are capable of suffering. You can argue that it is possible to care about both but those who fight against birth control and abortion clearly place the priority of sperm and ovum over the life of the mother. Those who fight against abortion place the priority of the unborn fetus above a living, breathing, feeling person. You can argue that I'm engaging in a false dichotomy but the persistence of poverty, the generational aspect of it, demonstrates that there is a limit to how much we can or will intervene. The availability of birth control and abortion to women who can make informed decisions about their reproduction is proven to reduce suffering.
So you're saying the poor should breed less?
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So you're saying the poor should breed less?
No. I'm saying that we should make birth control and abortion free on demand, provide proper sex education and let people make informed choice. I'm saying I believe in personal responsibility.
I'm saying that when we provide *comprehensive sex education, birth control and abortion that it will make the lives of women better.
  • Are you saying you don't want to make the lives of women better?
  • Are you saying that you are against personal responsibility?
*I should have included comprehensive sex education in the OP. I apologize for failing to do that.
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That Colonel might be the most accurate portrayal of a senior army officer ever caught on film. He's gruff, to the point, but not a demoralizing asshat like they usually are shown.

I wonder if he was an actual retired Colonel and not an actor?
I don't know that but I do know that the Drill Sargent at the beginning, Lee Ermy, was in the Marine Corps and I believe a drill sergeant. He's played at least two drill sergeants that I know of.

Here he is in the same movie. Tell me what you think of his portrayal.

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I'm a movie junky man. I've seen ever Kubrick film so much i could almost do Rocky Horror type of revue for them!!!

It's a funny story how Ermy got the gig. He was there as a military consultant and when Kubrick heard him giving instruction to the actor riginally hired to play the Drill Sgt he said " why don't you just play the part?"
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Life is rarely so simple that we can apply one simple variable as the cause of any given issue. But the combo of poor and Catholic seems to paint the picture of too many chillens.
So does poor and Muslim and poor and Hindu. Mostly just poor. Religious encouragement of procreation is mostly post hoc rationalization of what people will do anyway.
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I'm a movie junky man. I've seen ever Kubrick film so much i could almost do Rocky Horror type of revue for them!!!

It's a funny story how Ermy got the gig. He was there as a military consultant and when Kubrick heard him giving instruction to the actor riginally hired to play the Drill Sgt he said " why don't you just play the part?"
And he was also one of the few actors Kubrick allowed to ad-lib for a script.
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I don't know that but I do know that the Drill Sargent at the beginning, Lee Ermy, was in the Marine Corps and I believe a drill sergeant. He's played at least two drill sergeants that I know of.

Here he is in the same movie. Tell me what you think of his portrayal.

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Yeah, the sergeant in FMJ failed as a drill sergeant, since one of his recruits went insane under his watch and he didn't notice it at all.
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So does poor and Muslim and poor and Hindu. Mostly just poor. Religious encouragement of procreation is mostly post hoc rationalization of what people will do anyway.
I don't think anyone has argued that poor people copulate more than rich people. What is being argued is A.) that poor people are more likely to adhere to religious proscription and not use birth control or have abortions. B.) Religious proscription against birth control and abortion are immoral.

Can we stick to the thesis of the thread?

Thesis: Prohibitions against birth control and abortion are immoral.
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Thesis: Prohibitions against birth control and abortion are immoral.
Well since I agree with the thesis I have nothing to add.
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Apparently Frosty Woolridge writes for sites owned by Jeff Rense and David Duke.
Do you have a point? Does that fact invalidate his arguments? Are you attempting to poison the well?
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Frosty Woolridge has been a guest on Neo-Nazi radio shows.
So, you are going to refuse to answer my questions and insist on poisoning the well.
  • I did not post that article to establish any empirical fact.
  • I posted it for the arguments made.
  • Can you address the arguments and stop attacking the person making the argument?
  • Could you please make a valid argument?
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Poisoning the well (or attempting to poison the well) is a rhetorical device where adverse information about a target is pre-emptively presented to an audience, with the intention of discrediting or ridiculing everything that the target person is about to say. Poisoning the well can be a special case of argumentum ad hominem, and the term was first used with this sense by John Henry Newman in his work Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1864).
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Originally Posted by StankApe View Post
I'm a movie junky man. I've seen ever Kubrick film so much i could almost do Rocky Horror type of revue for them!!!

It's a funny story how Ermy got the gig. He was there as a military consultant and when Kubrick heard him giving instruction to the actor riginally hired to play the Drill Sgt he said " why don't you just play the part?"
And he actually ad-libbed those rants.
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