Posts by B Jones

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb, in reply to Sacha,

    We don't like salmonella, and we use controls on the food supply to avoid that. Supplementation with vitamins has a century long history, which is why we don't see a lot of rickets and goitre these days.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    There are some troubling destinations down that particular road of logic, that's for sure.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    Another public health argument is that interventions should even out inequalities rather than entrench them.

    Education campaigns imply knowledge gaps; universal provision implies access gaps. See fluoride.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    To throw a counterfactual out there: do the issues raised about disability apply equally to abortion as they do to interventions like folic acid supplements that reduce neural tube problems without terminating pregnancies? If so, it's about how we feel about disability in society; if not, then it's more about how we feel about abortion.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    Word.

    There's a long and messy history of women's bodily autonomy being considered less important than some greater good. Once upon a time that greater good was racial hygiene. It was a rubbish tool for achieving eugenics, and it's a rubbish tool for dismantling eugenics as well.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    Agreed. You change the environment that shapes those choices; you don't pile further restrictions on.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb, in reply to blindjackdog,

    Isn't it just a little confrontational to dismiss a woman wanting to be able to decide whether she's pregnant or not as neo-liberal acculturation? I'm sorry but you haven't exactly convinced me why we should put our bodies and families on the line to serve.some greater good.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb, in reply to Lilith __,

    Then I've misunderstood you. The mechanism of action is explained more fully here: Emergency Contraception

    When late pregnancies endanger the life of the mother, babies are often induced as early as it's considered safe, then cared for in a neonatal ward. Late term abortions are more often about discovering an incurable condition that's incompatible with life for the baby - things that are only detectable after 20 weeks. Or they're about women who have been unable to access earlier medical care.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    To make an informed choice, women must know

    Citation? The thing is, it's really really difficult to reliably tell when a fertilised egg is created but does not implant, so it's hard to tell if it's happening that way. People who emphasis the implantation mechanism tend to be of the sort who think that preventing fertilisation is morally different in an important way to preventing implantation, ie, prolifers.

    Just because contraception is post-coital doesn't mean it's post-fertilisation. Fertilisation, which is incredibly hard to detect in vivo, happens a day or two after the main event.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    Lilith, that's not actually true. Both work primarily by preventing ovulation and therefore conception.

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