Posts by Craig Young

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  • Polity: Gay marriage, weed, and death…, in reply to Moz,

    Moz, I do intend to eventually gladly campaign for polyamorous spousal rights for bisexuals, although I suspect given what happened in the case of monogamous gay marriage equality and same-sex parenting, it'll take about ten to fifteen years to develop a sufficient head of steam with affirmative articles in pediatrics and developmental psychology journals. As I would if parthenogenesis ever becomes feasible, and I'm in favour of an infant intersex "remedial" surgery ban similar to the one that Malta recently enacted.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 411 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Gay marriage, weed, and death…, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Unfortunately, the United Kingdom and almost all the jurisdictions within Australia directly include gender identity within antidiscrimination legislation, as do most Canadian provinces. Canada does not do so at the federal level, nor does New Zealand. And the Key administration refuses to do so.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 411 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health,

    And insofar as viability goes, one crucial point could be the development of alveoli within the lungs, which doesn't take place until past the twentieth week of pregnancy. According to NZ stats, that's long after most New Zealand women have abortions. In the case of severe and lethal fetal anomalies, that essential physiological development might not be there, or there may be other factors such as the absence or lethal impairment of specific bodily organs such as the brain, heart, liver, kidneys et al in utero.

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  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Certainly yes, but a very large subset. Much of the remainder, at least in New Zealand seems to consist of conservative evangelical/fundamentalist Protestants. And there are some undeniable denominational tensions between the two factions, which adversely affects the viability of the NZ anti-abortion movement.

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  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health,

    That, and they make up mendacious factoids about condom and contraceptive reliability and safety. Anything to assist straight guys out of behaving in a responsible manner and assisting their partner in postponing pregnancy or childbearing unless women actively want that.

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  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Yes, except they don't believe in contraception either. Emergency contraception is "verboten" because it is an 'abortifacient' and all other forms of contraception, whether barrier or pharmaceutical are forbidden to conservative Catholic anti-abortionists because they abide by Humanae Vitae (1967). Mind you, that's conservative Catholics. There's a wonderful Catholic feminist pro-choice dissident group called Catholics for Choice: http://www.catholicsforchoice.org

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  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    In the case of my family, it was my grandmother's sister who died from a backstreet abortion in the thirties. My mum is named after her. That's why I'm pro-choice.

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  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to Lilith __,

    However, that 'massive technological intervention' also covers a pricetag and in any case, it can't compensate for baseline areas of fetal development such as respiratory alveolar development.

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  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Yeah, Emma, it's called patriarchal religious social conservatism. Happily, the Christian Right is not what it used to be, apart from the asinine derivative bobbings of Mr McCoskrie and his Family First cohorts and Colon Craig's Conservipated Party. And these days, that's about all.

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  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health,

    The antis also regularly use junk 'science' to get their points across with the following methodological flaws:
    -small sample sizes
    -short sample durations
    -inferential jumps that cannot be supported by the data
    -establishing parallel anti-abortion professional organisations to mainstream counterparts.
    -reheating and tweaking unrepresentative data sets from otherwise pro-choice research results
    -refusing to acknowledge their conservative Catholic/fundamentalist Protestant/religious social conservative anti-abortion interpretative bias at the onset
    -misrepresenting the safety of abortion procedures; misrepresenting psychological sequelae of abortion; manufacturing 'post-abortion trauma' within conservative Christian anti-abortion groups; misrepresenting embryonic and fetal development;
    lying about fetal neurohormonal development and response to pain stimuli; downplaying adverse results of pregnancy and childbirth; imposing onerous 'targeted regulation' of abortion providers (TRAP); banning late-term abortions without regard for lethal fetal abnormalities or threats to women's lives and health through pregnancy continuation; blocking access to emergency contraception because it is "abortifacient"; concealing their conservative Catholic animus against contraception and evidence-based comprehensive sex education.

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