Monday, February 08, 2016

VIDEO: The Obligatory Doritos Commercial Post

I feel like every other pro-life outlet has said everything there is to say about NARAL's outrage at the "humanization of fetuses":

What makes this reaction so over the top is that this commercial isn't that pro-life to begin with.

The baby is practically full-term. I know, you usually get an ultrasound at 20 weeks, but there could be any number of reasons why a baby that late is having an ultrasound-- my third daughter had an ultrasound at 31 weeks.

The fetus at this stage doesn't need any "humanization". Sure, there's a bit of anthropomorphization, if you will, because babies don't actually grasp for Doritos, but that's not unusual in commercials featuring babies. (Remember Evian?)

And this is why it's not that pro-life.  You don't need any kind of strong ideological stance against abortion to see the baby for who he is.

It's precisely because NARAL is so ferociously against fetal rights that they reacted to this commercial, and that's what makes their reaction so insane. There is no humanization of the fetus because the fetus is already human in the minds of the vast majority of the audience.

And even if the audience didn't think of a third trimester fetus as a human being, it's a damned commercial. Kids, animals, objects are humanized all the times for various reasons that have nothing to do with abortion.

People say that some pro-lifers have fetal tunnel vision. These folks have abortion tunnel vision.

And they are completely lacking in self-awareness.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Joyce Arthur: Ban Right to Conscientious Objection

She published an article in a peer-reviewed journal arguing that taking away the right to conscientious objection is a great idea. (Link fixed).

Here's my question.

What academic credentials does she hold for her to be qualified to be publish in peer-reviewed journal? Sure, credentials aren't everything. But ever notice that nobody ever seems to mention Joyce Arthur's academic history? It could explain why she has such poor debate skills.

Legalize All Drugs Because..... Cognitive Liberty

Proving once again there are some beliefs so stupid only liberals could believe them. From an abstract:

This paper reimagines drug policy - specifically psychedelic drug policy - through the prism of human rights. Challenges to the incumbent prohibitionist paradigm that have been brought from this perspective to date - namely by calling for exemptions from criminalisation on therapeutic or religious grounds - are considered, before the assertion is made that there is a need to go beyond such reified constructs, calling for an end to psychedelic drug prohibitions on the basis of the more fundamental right to cognitive liberty.
Because getting stoned makes you FREE didn't you know? I mean you can't ACTUALLY use your reasoning, but you're free.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Guardian Profiles Kypros Nicolaides, Fetal Medicine Pioneer

The debate around fetal rights can come off as Manichaean, with one side being completely bad, and the other side being beyond reproach. Kypros Nicolaides is a figure who muddles that narrative. He is known as the Father of Fetal-Maternal Medicine. He has had a hand in a number of important developments related to fetal medicine, including fetal surgery and non-invasive testing for Down Syndrome.

He has saved a heckuva lot of unborn children with his medical interventions.

He has also killed a number of unborn children through selective reduction.

Is he a hero or a villain?

Many pro-lifers do not want to be followed by a doctor who supports abortion, let alone someone who performs them.

But what if the life of your baby depended on this man?

I would not hesitate to consult him, notwithstanding his past, because he could save my baby and that is all that would matter to me.

Notwithstanding his ambiguous role in the advancement of unborn children, he's an important figure to know because someday, somebody is going to write the history of the unborn child, and he is definitely a part of it.

And I love how the Guardian, that bastion of proper leftwing thought, easily shifts between baby, unborn child and fetus to refer to the patient. But we pro-lifers are nutters who invented that terminology. /eyeroll.

Auschwitz vs. an Abortion Clinic: Similarities and Differences

LSN on the recent news of the closure of the Scott Abortion Clinic:

Jim Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, welcomed the news. “It would be the same response I would have if you told me that the camps were closing in Auschwitz,” he told LifeSiteNews. “I wish it had happened years before.”

This comparison can be construed as having a Godwinian function: reduce your opponents to Nazis, and you emotionally won the argument.

Somebody should probably invent a law that says that not comparisons to Nazis are invalid, and if you use Godwin to say that they are, you lose the debate.