Posts by Lilith __

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to Danielle,

    Wow. Thank you.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health,

    See, what makes me uncomfortable is how "right to life" is used to deny women autonomy over their own bodies and lives, but not used to help children have a chance at a decent life. I'm not saying we shouldn't think harder about late-term abortions, but just to keep that in perspective.

    If every child could have a healthy home and the opportunity to fulfil her/his potential, then maybe we could fuss over late-term abortion for non-medical reasons (if indeed this actually ever happens). But that would be a society that supported and cherished women and children and the job of child-rearing. A long way from what we have.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health,

    Also - we need to acknowledge the viability of very premature babies is an index of wealth and privilege. The majority of the world can't provide intensive care for neonates. Or even protect full-term healthy babies from dying of preventable diseases, hunger and thirst.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health,

    Can I state the obvious by saying if a fetus is extracted alive, then it's called birth...?

    And I'm really over the hypothetical hand-wringing. Women die from illegal abortions. Thousands of actual born children go without adequate food, clothing and housing. As a society, we should be worrying about that.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health,

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health,

    For those interested in knowing more about adoption, the system is very different now. Open adoption, where the birth mother/parents choose the adoptive family and remain in contact with them, is normal. Link .

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to TracyMac,

    Tracy, thanks so much for sharing your experience. Because of the stigma, so few women talk openly about their abortion experiences. And I think this is why conversations about the subject get so theoretical. Somewhat comparable to LGBTIA closeting. If people realised that half the women they know have had abortions, the conversation would change.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…,

    I don't know if cute publicity stunts work against flagrant corruption though. I'm freakin scared.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    http://www.listofmicronations.com/lomwiki/index.php/Independent_State_of_Aramoana

    They raised huge sums of money selling stamps and issuing passports. Had a ‘traveling embassy’ (a sign painted caravan) that toured the nation raising awareness, oppositional support and fighting funds.

    I have an Aramoana passport! Somewhere. Brilliant campaign.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health,

    I have never had an abortion, but I've been the "buddy" twice. If you could have seen the sadness and the awfulness of the position my friends found themselves in, and the awfulness of the process. Nobody has an abortion for fun.

    But women must not be forced to bear children, that is my fervent belief.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3581 posts Report Reply

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