Years ago, at an atheist meeting, a Christian showed up, as was wont to happen every few months or so. I decided that I would take one for the team and fully engage him so that others could have the more nuanced conversations that drew most people to the meetings. Lucky for me (but not for him), his prepared topic of conversation for the time he had chosen to break bread with us baby-eaters was abortion.
He led not with a question, but with an assumption that we atheists tended to support reproductive rights. He wasn’t wrong (though of course there are some over-represented exceptions among atheists). I decided to ask him a question: “How many abortions have you prevented?”
Recently, it came to my attention that some people still believethat mandated 24+-hour waiting periods for abortions are necessary in order to prevent pregnant women from instantly deciding, without a thought, to abort, only to regret it later.
Imagine a woman finding out she is pregnant and before giving it any thought whatsoever she runs out and gets an abortion. What if she regrets it, and then has to deal with that emotional stress the rest of her life? [redacted reference to extreme self-harm]
Women in Secularism 3 is coming up this May. The speakers list includes many admirable, accomplished women with whom I am humbled to be billed (including our very own Amy and Debbie). One of them is Lindsay Beyerstein, an accomplished journalist and all-around interesting person, as I found out last Skepticon.
Without further ado, I present her comments on journalism, photography, conferences, and more.
The other week, Senator Steve Martin (R – Virginia) received a generic pro-choice Valentine’s Day greeting from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition. While being offended and taking action due to that offense is widely reviled among conservatives as a dirty liberal trait, the Senator decided to take to Facebook and express his disgust.
I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it to remain alive.
I, for one, am happy that Martin used that term. As he expressed in his Facebook post that he is “not actually sure what that [the word ‘unintentional’] means”, I will assume that he has issues looking up terms. Taking into account that he also has trouble with with facts (he thought Planned Parenthood and the KKK were both created by the Democratic Party), I will happily cite some definitions for the word “host” for him.
A person who receives or entertains a guest, particularly into the host’s home.
This definition would imply that abortion rights are well within Republican policies on home defense and stand your ground. One might argue that aborting a fetus causes less pain and harm overall than allowing the fetus to develop into a person then shooting them to death.
A person or organization responsible for running an event. Generally speaking, running an event, especially a private one, gives a person or organization full rights over who is in attendance. Republicans are known for supporting the rights of private organizations to be as exclusive as they wish.
A moderator or master of ceremonies for a performance.
As a veteran of many a well- and poorly-moderated panel and events emceed by individuals of similarly-varying quality, I can tell you that a good mod or MC cannot be afraid to kick out the more unwanted types.
A cell or organism which harbors another organism or biological entity, usually a parasite. I have never heard a Republican — or anyone, for that matter — argue that any living organism ought to be made to harbor any other living organism, even if ejection of the latter from the host would cause its death.
Today, according to the New York Daily News, the pro-choice coalition plans to protest at the gallery of the Virginia State by sporting shirts reading “NOT A HOST.” If any pregnant people show up to join the group, I’d hope they would wear shirts reading “HOST BY CHOICE.”
We all know that standard (a.k.a. latex and polyurethane) condoms don’t have little holes in them to let the AIDS swim right through (as a woman accompanying Brother Jed once solemnly told me), that the amount of birth control pills someone takes doesn’t correlate with the amount of sex they are having, and that you don’t get STIs from having sex during menstruation (true story: one religious book I read claimed this was the case), right? One would hope.