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Question: You wrote: "I'm in favor of [...] women's right to choose (within reason)". Since Democrats passed this in NY: tinyurl.com/y73ztydq do you think that this will lead to good and/or necessary things, that it helps humanity to progress, or that this is pure evil. Also did you ever held a freshly newborn?
Asked by questioner (62.214.88.x) on January 26 2019, 1:30pm
Reply on January 26 2019, 6:24pm:
    I think the NY bill is a good thing! As with anything it's hard to predict unintended consequences, but I think it is very likely that the benefits will outweigh the drawbacks. No, I haven't held a newborn.

  • Posted by questioner (62.214.88.x) on January 27 2019, 12:40pm:
    Appreciate your answer. As European liberal on abortion in general could you pls help me to understand these issues. Please try to think bipartisan about this. (1) What circumstances would make it necessary to abort in the 9th month? Shouldn't be say 14 weeks more than enough for a woman to recognize and overthink pregnancy? (2) Why stop at 9 month? I mean, whats the difference between the last day in the womb and the first day born concerning a woman's responsibility for the child? Why shouldn't she be abl

  • Posted by questioner (62.214.88.x) on January 27 2019, 12:41pm:
    ... able to choose on the first day born to kill her baby? (3) Why the baby can't choose? Assume it had a voice and a conscience of an adult, would it choose getting raised without parents/foster parents or would it choose literally getting cut into pieces? Thank you.

  • Posted by Justin on January 27 2019, 6:14pm:
    I think the biggest issue is that if it ever comes down to life of the fetus vs life of the mother, that the mother can choose her own life. The problem with trying to regulate how that is done is that it's hard to anticipate how that would occur and to define things correctly. I don't think anybody is advocating for 9th month abortions on whims.

  • Posted by questioner (62.214.88.x) on January 28 2019, 4:38am:
    I would agree but I don't have much hope that this will be applied only strictly in cases where the life of the mother is in danger. The bill also is not written in that way: "a health care practitioner [...] may perform an abortion when [...] the abortion is necessary to protect the patient's life or health". So in the worst case the "health" of the mother (however this is defined) outweighs life of a 9 month old, which just isn't right imo.

  • Posted by Justin on January 28 2019, 4:41pm:
    The health provider still has to abide by the rules defined by the state (which can be amended as needed without legislation), and by their own moral code, either of which being probably enough to prevent this sort of situation from actually occurring, and if it did still occur, my bet is that the law prior to 2019 wouldn’t have stopped it either.

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