The Samovar

Blog for choice
January 22, 2007, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Politics, Religion

Via philobiblon, it turns out that today is Blog for choice day (according to some American feminist website).

This year’s topic is a simple one: tell us, and your readers, why you’re pro-choice.

For me, the argument comes down to this observation:

  • Destroying a recently fertilised egg is obviously not murder.

Some religious people will disagree, and perhaps some non-theists too.  For me though, this observation clinches it. There is a debate about how long you can leave it before you shouldn’t be allowed to abort it, but this is a separate (and more complex) issue. On this, I’ll only comment on the fact that some people think the test should be whether or not the baby could survive outside the mother’s body, and that therefore we should be revising the time frame as medical technology improves. This argument is completely at odds with the observation above. There’s no reason why medical technology shouldn’t evolve to the point that a recently fertilised egg alone could ‘survive’.

And that’s it. That’s why I’m pro-choice.

I will be making a comment on the religious aspect of it in a planned future entry, but it’s a bit complex and I can’t be bothered to write it out carefully now.



There was a rather good Grauniad feature by Zoe Williams which advocated a more pro-active defence of abortion rights. It’s not something that had to be justified. It’s a positive good for women.

Changing topic…are you in Edinbugger yet? Is so, you might have caught an excellent tellything about Ethel Macdonald. It included a contribution from Prof. Noam.

Comment by Edward the Bonobo

Yes that was a good article, a similar sort of view to mine.

I didn’t get the job in Edinburgh unfortunately. Trying to get one in London, but I might end up having to go to the USA where all the jobs in this field seem to be. So I didn’t see the programme about Macdonald, she sounds like an interesting character.

Comment by Dan Goodman

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