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When people say the unborn is “not a person” or “not a life” they mean that it has not yet grown or gained abilities that arrive later in life. But there’s no agreement about which abilities should be determinative. Pro-choice people don’t even agree with each other. Obviously, law cannot be based on such subjective criteria. If it’s a case where the question is “Can I kill this?” the answer must be based on objective medical and scientific data. And the fact is, an unborn child, from the very first moment, is a new human individual. It has the three essential characteristics that make it “a human life”: It’s alive and growing, it is composed entirely of human cells, and it has unique DNA. It’s a person, just like the rest of us.

Abortion indisputably ends a human life. But this loss is usually set against the woman’s need to have an abortion in order to freely direct her own life. It is a particular cruelty to present abortion as something women want, something they demand, they find liberating. Because nobody wants this. The procedure itself is painful, humiliating, expensive — no woman “wants” to go through it. But once it’s available, it appears to be the logical, reasonable choice. All the complexities can be shoved down that funnel. Yes, abortion solves all the problems; but it solves them inside the woman’s body. And she is expected to keep that pain inside for a lifetime, and be grateful for the gift of abortion.

Many years ago I wrote something in an essay about abortion, and I was surprised that the line got picked up and frequently quoted. I’ve seen it in both pro-life and pro-choice contexts, so it appears to be something both sides agree on. I wrote, “No one wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal, caught in a trap, wants to gnaw off its own leg.”

Strange, isn’t it, that both pro-choice and pro-life people agree that is true? Abortion is a horrible and harrowing experience. That women choose it so frequently shows how much worse continuing a pregnancy can be. Essentially, we’ve agreed to surgically alter women so that they can get along in a man’s world. And then expect them to be grateful for it.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430152/abortion-roe-v-wade-unborn-children-women-feminism-march-life?0SrbPWwWmGr21V91.01
Frederica Mathewes-Green explains how her early commitment to feminist principles helped convert her to the pro-life cause.
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it is important as well, i think, to reflect on the reality of the distribution of abortions across the trimesters instead of relying on emotional insight and philosophizing - it paints a picture that redirects conversation.

it looks something like this:
3rd: quite rare
2nd: uncommon
1st: extremely common
source: cdc

The distribution here matches the feeling of the quote about the trapped animal in the 3rd trimester as well as matching the media's image of abortion - a developed fetus in the womb. But, confronted with its proportional rarity, the mass attention and movement seems misplaced, regardless of political/religious leanings. Instead, it tells a story of uniqueness and trauma. Trauma patients need help, however that help comes - be it through abortion or financial support for having the baby or just friends, family, and God to help them through the rough times.

Secondly, though the image of 1st trimester (heavily weight to a couple weeks in) abortion isn't as grotesque or emotional, it is a very large issue that receives little attention. As many as 1 in 3 women have had an abortion of this type. Yea. Wow, right?
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Is cold fusion truly impossible, or is it just that no respectable scientist can risk their reputation working on it?
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not having a suitable laboratory set-up at my toolbench (so far as I know!) - I watch the story of cold fusion unfold with a skeptical but open attitude. Scientists put their effort where they think it will gain them returns, just like anybody. They adhere to known paths as Kuhn said. If something odd happens once - well who knows why. If it happens regularly, then it should excite curiosity among those with the wherewithal to investigate further. They don't actually HAVE to tell anybody! But there is not a lot of evidence that this happens regularly, so IMHO there simply isn't such a thing - or the conditions being observed are pretty far from optimal for whatever is happening.
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One of the most valuable outcomes of Donald Trump running for president is the long overdue realization that giving one president carte blanche sets a precedent for future presidents to enjoy (abuse?) the same

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You mean like we've been letting nearly every president since Jefferson go to war without Congressional approval?
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Only thing worse would be anyone on the Dem ticket.
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You've decided to read through my profile. I see you like to live dangerously. Please, do come in, make yourself comfortable. Can I get you something to drink? Perhaps a glass of wine? No? Let's cut to the chase, then. Here's what's on my mind. Education - we should be teaching the next generation how to think, not what to think. And we shouldn't be trying to convince every single one of them that the only way to succeed in life is to go into massive debt to earn a watered-down college degree that barely prepares them for jobs that no longer exist. Politics - let's have the alternative vote, term limits, Constitutional adherence, and lots of competing parties and ideas. Science - tells us how the world works as best as we can discern with our senses, but is limited in scope. Science cannot tell you why you are here. That may not be a question you concern yourself with. Otherwise, good science is science. Health - is what tends to happen when you cut back on sugar, load up on fruits and vegetables, watch your caloric intake, and exercise regularly. Kids don't get upset if you steal their broccoli, but they will downright throw a fit if you take their candy. Wait, did I say kids? Religion - christian, the book is dear to me, fascinating, challenging, and beautiful. And though I study it often and cherish it in my heart, I'm not the better for having read it if it doesn't lead me to God himself, John 5:39-40. A God who spoke once when he was in the mood, but remains silent forever after is no god at all. God spoke things into existence. Jesus is called the Word, the Logos. The Holy Spirit teaches us all things. "My sheep listen to my voice". If you want to live the way Jesus lived, die to self, listen to the Holy Spirit, and do what He tells you. Self - what is it? What is the intangible thing that puts tangible things into motion? How can the mind control the brain? Where and how does a thought begin? Odds and Ends - Nature simulates itself perfectly. - Tanning beds cause cancer. - Telling someone your plans releases the same reward chemicals in your brain as actually carrying your plans out. - Sugar is an addictive, orexigenic drug. - Google seems like a company interested in more than money...perhaps. - If you spent a million dollars every day since the time of Christ, you'd fall fairly short of $1 Trillion; our national debt in the U.S. is over $16 Trillion. - No matter where you go in this world, people are just people. - If you sum together the areas of a bunch of rectangles between points a and b, where each rectangle is f(x) in height and dx (infinitesimally small) in width, it would be written like this, and it would look like this. - Android and iOS are both good. They're both good. - The GOP and Democrat Party are both run by power-hungry men. They're not worth your time, energy, or focus. - Fructose blocks leptin, leaving you hungry for more fructose. - The Constitution is worth reading, worth understanding, worth adhering to, and worth editing when necessary. - Study Tozer. Thank me later. - Is it valid to use the human brain to assess the human brain's ability to understand the universe? - Without a God, free will must be an illusion. - As well as having unique fingerprints, humans also have unique tongue prints. - Pumpkins, gourds, peppers, legumes, squash, nuts, grains, cucumbers, and tomatoes are all botanical fruits. Then what's a vegetable? The term "vegetable" is an umbrella term used colloquially in reference to any plant part not sweet enough to merit fruit-hood. What are called vegetables are actually flowers, stalks, roots, tubers, leaves, stems, and quite often, fruits.  - I have serious doubts that quantum fluctuations are truly random. - There are people in your neck of the woods who desperately need help. - Energy is equal to mass times the speed of light squared. The speed of light squared is just a constant; what this formula really says is that mass is energy. Energy and mass are the same thing. No, really. - There's an atom bomb's worth of energy in one gram of anything. There's enough energy in the room you're sitting in to obliterate the planet. - Faith and reason are not opposites, nor are they mutually exclusive. - Most of the dust in your home is actually dead skin. - Cutting a cake into 8 pieces is possible with just 3 slices. - The human brain named itself. - If you want to sign up for Google Apps, I can get you a discount, just PM me. Diving deeper? 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