Tuesday, March 07, 2006

South Dakota Bans Abortion

So, South Dakota wants to revert to the days of coat hangers by banning all abortions except to save the life of the mother (and that was only a compromise that most of the wingnuts didn't want to add). There is no exception for rape, incest, or the health of the mother. (South Dakota Bans Most Abortions).

I respect the belief of those who believe that life begins at conception. But, of course, that is a personal belief. Not all religions hold to that tenant. It also brings up an interesting question I saw posted today:

If a fire breaks out in a fertility clinic and you can only save a petri dish with five blastulae or a two-year old child, which do you save?...

It seems like a silly question. But theologically speaking, it is a legitimate question. If the embryo is the most innocent of all because it is without sin, then it should take precedence over the life of a 2 year old who has broken at least 2 of the 10 commandments.


Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

I would have liked to have argued with you as a 'welcome back,' but in fact we're on the same side.

The fact is, I'm glad the issue makes people uncomfortable. It isn't so bad to have an ongoing debate. I feel sorry for those to whom it isn't.

tommy said...

for what it's worth I posted my bit on it here.

Pedro said...


That's a great question. The questions of moral philosophy raised by abortion are incredibly complex and I can't pretend to have any really good answers about them. (I actually wrote a little on that today over at my site.)

Another difficult issue is that of contraception. Is it coherent and consistent to believe life begins at conception yet still believe contraception is OK? Don't they become the same thing?

Whatever the case, I think South Dakota is being stupid and going about this entirely the wrong way.

Welcome back from Guatemala. That's a fascinating place. Chicanos and Latinos in the US call Guatemala "Mexico's Mexico" (but I don't, FYI).

Dingo said...

Siggy, I wish the debate would turn from the legality of the issue to what are we going to do to encourage women to carry babies to term (including adequate pre/post natal care and adoption). If we spent our time, money and energy on creating better alternative than on fighting each other, we could reduce the number of abortions while keeping it safe for those who would abort regardless of the legality of it.

Tommy, I responded on your blog

Pedro, there are plenty of people out there who would make contraception illegal as well.

As for Guatemala. Antigua is a tourist haven, but I did get out to see how the other 99% live also. It makes me thankful for what I do have and ashamed of those who do not appreciate what opportunities they have.