I am (rather unwisely, probably) attempting to reply to an Anonymous troll who wants to bring back illegal backstreet abortions, but Blogger isn't letting me post a comment at all.
Ok, I'm going to put my reply to Anonymous on the Nad: still mad thread here because, for some reason, it's still not allowing me to post a reply on the actual post. Which is really weird.
So, after that painfully tedious analysis of Nadine Dorries' writing...
You don't actually have to read it, you know. I'd be more than happy for you to never to come here again. Really.
But I am looking forward to you publishing your URL so that we can all read your deathless prose.... you show off your scientific credentials with the following pronouncement: "a foetus is not a human being".
Quite right. Even a born baby does not have a fully formed nervous system.
When does a foetus become a human? It's a question that bugs people, but I would tend towards the "when it's viable outside the womb" argument."And if you say that a foetus is equivalent to a gamete, I'll believe that when you give birth from your testicles."
That might be one of the stupidest comments that I've ever had on this site, and I've had some real crackers. Well done.
Tell me, do you believe that it is a human being at the moment of conception? Or when it's a four-cell blastocyst? Or when it's a zygote? Or... or... when?
Tell me, should every miscarriage be followed by a funeral, in your eyes? Or would you imprison women who drink and smoke whilst pregnant, perhaps?"I've often asked on this Web site how libertarians can justify, according to their own theory, limiting their freedom when it comes to violence against others."
Yes, and I've given you answers that you have utterly ignored. Basically, you can do what you like as long as you do not harm another person: I can't see why that is so difficult to grasp."This posting shows that apparently they don't."
Yawn. I'll go over this once again, nice and clearly, so that your tiny brain can grasp it: I didn't actually, in the post, express my views on abortion. I pointed out that Dorries was lying.
In the comments, I expressed the view that I think that the current term limits are about right.
As I have said to you before, I am a consequentialist, not a rights libertarian. As such, I am prepared to allow a certain level of taxation to support some services, which is a limited support for coercion in the interests of practicality; in the same way, I am prepared to allow coercion against a potential human in the interests of practicality.
You would prefer to return, I take it, to the days of backstreet illegal abortions?
Not sure why it won't let me post on that one thread; it's really odd.