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Old 09-03-2010, 04:48 PM
Wonderment Wonderment is offline
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Default Re: What We Talk About When We Talk About Palin (Rebecca Traister & Liz Mair)

It's one of the problems I see with us saying that sentience is what it's based on.
Yes, there are a lot of factors that come into play with "sentience." We don't kill people with very low sentience (extremely mentally disabled, irreversible coma, last phases of dementia, etc.)

Anyway, I am back full circle to where I started, supporting Rebecca's views of expanding abortion rights as a matter of public policy, whether you personally accept abortion or not. Anything else you do just adds fuel to the "pro-life" fire. Restrictions are a slippery slope.

Here is an example of how I reconcile my public policy views with my actual personal views. I support the UN criteria for a "just war" (basically self-defense after an attack or response to an imminent attack), even though personally I am a pacifist and would not participate in any war, and even though I think "self-defense" responses are always disproportionate.

That's not to say that I personally compromise on abortion. I don't. I definitely and absolutely want my daughters to have the right and exercise it according to their best judgment.

On animal rights I'm a supporter of The Great Ape Project to grant person-like rights to bonobos, gorillas, chimps and orangutans (we'll deal with cetaceans and other self-aware creatures later on).
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