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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Abortion, Sex Positivity, and the Non-Aggression Principle

[Today's guest post by Kris Skul is part of our paid blogging program.]
[See Kris' follow-up post: "All You Need To Be Pro-Life"]

Supporters of abortion sometimes insist that the principal objective of the pro-life movement is not to fight any real or perceived injustice, but rather to control female sexuality. To these critics, restricting abortion access is primarily a means of punishing women who choose to have non-procreative sex.

I can’t blame them entirely. Many prominent organizations in the pro-life movement, such as the Pro-Life Action League and Students for Life of America, also support the chastity movement. Groups like Real Alternatives, a nonprofit that stresses the potential risks of premarital sex and artificial birth control, are a regular presence at student conferences. And well-known anti-abortion advocates like Abby Johnson and Lila Rose often champion abstinence in addition to their pro-life activism.

Of course, abstinence is a valid choice. It certainly provides excellent protection against unplanned pregnancies! But with people generally marrying later in life than they did in generations past, complete abstinence until marriage is a rarity.

Where does that leave people like me? I neither practice nor advocate for abstinence until marriage. I affirm fully the right of every person to express their sexuality in a manner of their choosing. I believe contraception is an acceptable option for those not yet ready for parenthood, and I respect the choice of those who decide to forgo parenthood altogether. But I cannot condone abortion.

Does this mean my position is morally inconsistent?

John Stuart Mill, in On Liberty (1859), wrote: “[T]he only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.” This is closely related to the non-aggression principle, which forms the basis of my personal and political philosophy. It states, in effect, that each individual should be afforded the freedom to do as (s)he wishes, even—and this is important—if his or her actions are morally questionable. It is only appropriate to curtail one person’s freedom of choice when that choice would violate the freedoms of somebody else.

Under the non-aggression principle, sex positivity is perfectly compatible with the anti-abortion stance. Assuming participants take the appropriate precautions against disease, sexual activity among consenting adults—regardless of manner, relationship status, or number or gender of partners—has no effect on anyone beyond those involved. In other words, my sex life doesn’t infringe on anyone’s basic rights. One need not approve of my decisions to acknowledge this.

The same cannot be said for abortion, however, as it is the deliberate termination of another human life. To frame the issue exclusively in terms of the woman’s agency is to deny the humanity of the unborn, which I submit is criterion enough to grant it the protection of the law. Fertilization—when sperm meets egg to form a product that is genetically distinct—is the only objective standard for when new life begins. Terms like “personhood,” commonly used by pro-choicers as a benchmark for when life becomes worthy of protection, are dangerously vague: what constitutes “personhood” to A may not constitute “personhood” to B, and so on.

The mainstream pro-life movement does itself a disservice by propagating the myth that opposition to abortion and a liberal attitude toward sexuality are fundamentally irreconcilable. It overlooks the fact that nearly three-quarters of American teens are sexually active by the time they reach college age. It alienates the overwhelming majority of self-professed pro-lifers who have no ethical objections to birth control. And it surely doesn’t foster constructive dialogue with those on the other side of the abortion debate.

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secularprolife.org said...

The *embryo* can't feel at 8 weeks, and all of the science proves it.



And no, a reaction, as I told you, is not proof of sentience, because your brain could be sucked out of your head, but as long as your body is alive and your spinal cord intact, your body will react to noxious stimuli.


FFS you're dumb.

secularprolife.org said...

all you had to do was google my links or read what I quoted. They all agreed on 25 weeks. And the if the link for fundabortionnow.org did not work then google it. 15 states do give federally funded abortion. It is up to the state. and the pill IS always covered, nwc.org/resource/contraceptive-coverage-health-care-law-frequently-asked-questions

secularprolife.org said...

Once again, none of your links work, and I'm not going to do your job for you.

cut and paste where it says that all abortions and the pill are fully covered in every fucking state and that the hyde amenmdent does NOT apply and that every single woman that is poor is covered 100pct

secularprolife.org said...

the hyde amendment does not apply in every singe state. There are 15 that cover abortion.. and if the link does not work then look it up, if you care to know the truth. i took the time to write the liink for you. educate your fucking self on the law. the pill is covered in every state for medicare. I am thru talking to you

have a great fucking life retard

secularprolife.org said...

So you admit that you are making shit up because you can't actually cut and paste anything from your links.


No, the Hyde Amendment does NOT cover elective abortion in ANY state, you are full of more shit than a french goose


Oh 'retard' - how ableist. So you shit on poor women, and now you are shitting on the cognitively disabled. What a piece of work you are.

secularprolife.org said...

BTW, here is more proof that you're a lying, dishonest sack of stupidity who doesn't have a fucking clue what she is talking about, and doesn't even understand he citations:

A brain-dead person with a functioning heart/lungs/brain stem will still show electrical activity in the brain, but they won't show the particular "brainwaves" that are characteristic of the higher cortical functions of cognition. So the whole EEG isn't "flat", just the part of the EEG profile that shows a thinking person is using that brain tissue.

(A better description would be the more scientific exactitude of "clinical significant electrical brain activity" to avoid confusion.)

Capacity:

At this point no "person" with sentience or awareness is present in the body, and it is legal to discontinue life support, and harvest organs for transplant, as without a functioning brain the body is just a collection of tissue.

People who are diagnosed as clinically brain dead are routinely disconnected from life support and used to provide the organs for transplantations (no murder charges have ever been filled for this and none ever will be) A fetus does not have the bilaterally synchronous electroencephalographic patterns in the cortical area of the brain
to be considered alive until 26-30 weeks of gestation, exactly like those who are diagnosed as clinically brain dead by physicians.

People who are considered clinically brain-dead, have brainwaves (and sometimes even a beating heart), just not in the part of the brain that means that they are still alive. At this point doctors can start organ harvesting or turn off life support, no murder charges have ever, or will ever be been filed.

A fetus younger then 26-30 weeks does not have all the brain structure (cortex) or the synapse, neurons etc in place to show more brain activity then a person who is clinically brain dead, as measured with the same machine (EEG) The heart might beat, but nobody is home.

No embryo or fetus has ever been found to have "brain waves," before 26-30 weeks gestation, although extensive EEG studies have been done on premature babies.

In fact a fetus does not have a functional cortex before 20-25 weeks gestation, no neurons, dendrites, and axons, with synapses between them are physically present.
(Pretty hard to show activity in a structure that is not even present yet)

Since these requirements are not present in the human cortex before 20-25 weeks of gestation, it is not possible to record the clinical significant electrical brain activity indicative of any form sentience and awareness prior to 20-25 weeks. (at that point the cerebral cortex can display some small intermittent non synchronous activity ("stutter")
This is not surprising since it is pretty hard to show activity in a brain structure that is not even present yet.

Functional maturity of the cerebral cortex is suggested by fetal and neonatal electroencephalographic patterns, bilaterally synchronous electroencephalograpic are ONLY seen at a minimum of 26 to 29 weeks gestation.

Studies used are;
-Hamlin,H. (1964), "Life or Death by EEG,"Journal of the American Medical Association, October 12,113
-J. Goldenring, "Development of the Fetal Brain," New England Jour. of Med., Aug. 26, 1982, p. 564
-K.J.S. Anand, a leading researcher on pain in newborns, and P.R. Hickey, published in NEJM
-2010 http://www.rcog.org.uk/fetal-awareness-review-research-and-recommendations-practice -2005 http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=201429

secularprolife.org said...

I know my state. I get the pill for FREE in MA and check the medicaid website

secularprolife.org said...

It is just as animalistic as a newborn at that stage. The only difference is it relies on somene

secularprolife.org said...

http://www.nwlc.org/resource/contraceptive-coverage-health-care-law-frequently-asked-questions

Does this mean I won’t have to pay anything for my birth control?

You will be able to get your birth control at no out-of-pocket costs, as the full cost will be covered by your monthly premium.*

The bottom line: Whether you go to your
in-network pharmacy to pick up your pills or visit your health care
provider for a contraceptive, you should not have to pay anything at
that time.

What types of birth control are now covered with no cost sharing?

The full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods,
including oral contraceptives (the pill), injectables, the ring,
contraceptive implants, diaphragms, cervical caps, and non-surgical
permanent contraceptives are covered.* Sterilization for women is also
covered. For greater detail and further explanation, please see the
Department of Health and Human Services’ “Frequently Asked Questions” and our explanation here.

The bottom line: Whatever method of contraception
you and your provider decide is right for you, that method should be
covered by your plan without a co-pay.

Does this mean I won’t have to pay anything for my birth control?

You will be able to get your birth control at no out-of-pocket costs, as the full cost will be covered by your monthly premium.*

The bottom line: Whether you go to your
in-network pharmacy to pick up your pills or visit your health care
provider for a contraceptive, you should not have to pay anything at
that time.

What types of birth control are now covered with no cost sharing?

The full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods,
including oral contraceptives (the pill), injectables, the ring,
contraceptive implants, diaphragms, cervical caps, and non-surgical
permanent contraceptives are covered.* Sterilization for women is also
covered. For greater detail and further explanation, please see the
Department of Health and Human Services’ “Frequently Asked Questions” and our explanation here.

The bottom line: Whatever method of contraception
you and your provider decide is right for you, that method should be
covered by your plan without a co-pay.

secularprolife.org said...

Not in many of the red states that oppose the ACA, dumbass.

secularprolife.org said...

http://www.fundabortionnow.org/get-help/medicaid

secularprolife.org said...

So what.

secularprolife.org said...

http://www.fundabortionnow.org/learn/hyde

secularprolife.org said...

FALSE. The unborn human takes resources without asking, while the newborn human is unable to take anything except breaths of air.

secularprolife.org said...

like i said the only difference is how it cannot survive with out the mother. How could anyone look a 5 or 6 month old fetus in the eye, knowing that it is essentially a baby (with the only difference what I mentioned above, ) and suction its brain out, oh right they don't look it in the eye.

secularprolife.org said...

If you read my previous messages you'd know that it acts like and feels like, one, from the studies that have shows brainwaves in the 5mth+ fetus. do you think something magical happens in its brain as soon as it is born, to make it suddenly feel and be conscious? That happens before birth. Same person, same conscious brain, just needs help living(the placenta). Here is a copy of a quote:
Van de Velde, 2012, pages 201-209, “To
experience pain an intact system of pain transmission from the
peripheral receptor to the cerebral cortex must be available. Peripheral
receptors develop from the seventh gestational week. From 20 weeks’
gestation peripheral receptors are present on the whole body. Spinothalamic connections
start to develop from 14 weeks’ and are complete at 20 weeks’ gestation,
whilst thalamocortical connections are present from 17 weeks’ and
completely developed at 26–30 weeks’ gestation. From 16 weeks’ gestation
pain transmission from a peripheral receptor to the cortex is possible
and completely developed from 26 weeks’ gestation.

Marc Van de Velde & Frederik De Buck, “Fetal and
Maternal Analgesia/Anesthesia for Fetal Procedures,” Fetal Diagn Ther 31
(2012): 201–209.











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Comparison
between the maturation of thalamocortical-cortical connections and
somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP). In the early preterm infant
(<24-25 gestational weeks), thalamic axons establish a dense synaptic
network in the subplate. After approximately 25 gestational weeks
thalamic fibers make synapses in the deep cortical layers.

secularprolife.org said...

can you read, stupid?



http://www.nwlc.org/resource/contraceptive-coverage-health-care-law-frequently-asked-questions



The full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods,
including oral contraceptives (the pill), injectables, the ring,
contraceptive implants, diaphragms, cervical caps, and non-surgical
permanent contraceptives are covered.* Sterilization for women is also
covered. For greater detail and further explanation, please see the
Department of Health and Human Services’ “Frequently Asked Questions” and our explanation here.

The bottom line: Whatever method of contraception
you and your provider decide is right for you, that method should be
covered by your plan without a co-pay.

secularprolife.org said...

Not in red states.

secularprolife.org said...

yes under obama care, and the only variation in state by state is if you have to pay a copay, like you would with any drug. In MA I get mine for free

secularprolife.org said...

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/28/researchers_not_even_a_global_pandemic_can_solve_our_overpopulation_problem/

secularprolife.org said...

The last paragraph of the article hints that the authors of the study have missed their own point. There Is No Such Thing As "sustainable" If Population Never Stops Increasing.

secularprolife.org said...

Exactly. But people will usually try to put a positive spin on things.

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