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Old August 5th 19, 09:05 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 5:51:37 PM UTC-7, Andre Jute wrote:
On Monday, August 5, 2019 at 12:36:05 AM UTC+1, John B. wrote:

Or the so called "Holocaust" a carefully planned elimination of an
entire race of people carried out by (at least) nominal Christians.


The Holocaust wasn't "so-called"; it is an historical, meticulously documented event, not least by its perpetrators, master bookkeepers. And scare-quotes around the noun also give the impression you're a Holocaust denier. I don't imagine that was your intention. If that was your intention, keep it to yourself because many places in the world now Holocaust denial is punishable legal transgression.

The Nazis weren't even "nominally" Christians. They explicit rejected Christianity in favour of a pagan national connection to nature. For instance, the title among his many titles that Herman Goering was most proud of was 'Huntsman of Germany", which put him in charge of all the forests -- I kid you not. Religion in Germany under the Nazis wasn't exactly a fringe activity, but it played no part in the policies of the German state* -- contrast for instance Ireland, where the Catholic church, which had no official position, was a de facto arm of government until the 1980s.

*It is argued that Vatican and the Curia played the part of the blind monkeys, that they were fellow-travellers and collaborators with the Nazis; their defender claim they were helping to save Jews.

Andre Jute
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To people like John, mass murder of the sort of people you don't like is perfectly OK.
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Old August 5th 19, 09:11 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Monday, August 5, 2019 at 12:51:44 PM UTC-7, jbeattie wrote:
On Monday, August 5, 2019 at 8:25:32 AM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/5/2019 10:35 AM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8:40:43 PM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/4/2019 10:17 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:06:28 PM UTC-7, John B. wrote:
On Sun, 4 Aug 2019 10:49:56 -0400, Frank Krygowski
wrote:

On 8/3/2019 11:30 PM, jbeattie wrote:


Wow, now you're condoning murder of abortion providers? Even therapeutic abortion to save the mother? Incest? Abortion of non-viable fetuses?

FWIW, I'm not condoning murder of anyone. But the "therapeutic abortion
to save the mother" thing, and the incest and rape excuses, apply to
only a tiny proportion of abortions. Generally speaking, they're a red
herring.

The vast majority of abortions are for simple birth control. In other
words, those having sex aren't responsible enough to think ahead, or
competently use birth control. Perhaps they don't want to interrupt
their pleasure for a moment.

When their gamble goes wrong, they kill the baby before it's born.. It's
simple - and a bit barbaric.

While I'm not disagreeing with you, but the cases where I knew the
details, actually not that many, a "birth control" abortion was
conducted in the first three months of pregnancy. Back in the day, bar
girls often got them and went right back to work the next day.

Unless they were mangled by some back-alley abortionist or killed themselves with one of the do-it-yourself remedies. That's barbaric.

And to Frank's point, it is complicated, but moralizing out people's sexual practices is like teaching abstinence -- useless.

Hmm. So no sexual practice is immoral? We should teach nothing about
sexual behavior? Everyone should just do whatever they want in the
immediate moment? Really?

Wow, you're going of a cliff. People cannot do whatever they want because there are laws against incest, rape and lesser laws against public indecency. However, non-criminal sexual behavior is varied, and if you want to judge particular acts as immoral that's fine -- but they're going to happen.

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Old August 5th 19, 11:20 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Mon, 5 Aug 2019 07:35:41 -0700 (PDT), jbeattie
wrote:

On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8:40:43 PM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/4/2019 10:17 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:06:28 PM UTC-7, John B. wrote:
On Sun, 4 Aug 2019 10:49:56 -0400, Frank Krygowski
wrote:

On 8/3/2019 11:30 PM, jbeattie wrote:


Wow, now you're condoning murder of abortion providers? Even therapeutic abortion to save the mother? Incest? Abortion of non-viable fetuses?

FWIW, I'm not condoning murder of anyone. But the "therapeutic abortion
to save the mother" thing, and the incest and rape excuses, apply to
only a tiny proportion of abortions. Generally speaking, they're a red
herring.

The vast majority of abortions are for simple birth control. In other
words, those having sex aren't responsible enough to think ahead, or
competently use birth control. Perhaps they don't want to interrupt
their pleasure for a moment.

When their gamble goes wrong, they kill the baby before it's born. It's
simple - and a bit barbaric.

While I'm not disagreeing with you, but the cases where I knew the
details, actually not that many, a "birth control" abortion was
conducted in the first three months of pregnancy. Back in the day, bar
girls often got them and went right back to work the next day.

Unless they were mangled by some back-alley abortionist or killed themselves with one of the do-it-yourself remedies. That's barbaric.

And to Frank's point, it is complicated, but moralizing out people's sexual practices is like teaching abstinence -- useless.


Hmm. So no sexual practice is immoral? We should teach nothing about
sexual behavior? Everyone should just do whatever they want in the
immediate moment? Really?


Wow, you're going of a cliff. People cannot do whatever they want because there are laws against incest, rape and lesser laws against public indecency. However, non-criminal sexual behavior is varied, and if you want to judge particular acts as immoral that's fine -- but they're going to happen.


What is complicated is deciding at what point the state's interest in preserving the life of a fetus outweighs the interest of the mother in not having a child. Different civilized and non-barbaric nations make different choices. https://reproductiverights.org/worldabortionlaws In US (and in many European nations), women are allowed to make the choice on their own, without any state involvement, based on their own religious and moral beliefs during the first trimester or thereabouts. That may offend some religious beliefs, but this is a nation of laws and not a papal state or caliphate.


So, according to that site, the U.S. allows easier access to abortion
for _any_ reason than about 128 other countries. IOW, the vast majority
of countries don't treat the act of abortion so cavalierly.


Why is that cavalier? Why isn't it consistent with "land of the free and home of the brave" and American concepts of personal autonomy? Moreover, keep reading, laws absolutely prohibiting abortion affect 5% of all women and represent laws in countries like Angola. Most of the nations with values similar to ours allow abortion. If this were a MHL, you'd be going nuts.


And that site mentions the fact that "The most common gestational limit
for countries in this category is 12 weeks." That's putting it rather
mildly. Only a very few (fewer than 10) countries allow abortions as
late as the U.S. Yes, it varies state by state, but there are U.S.
states with no real gestational limits. Again, personal responsibility
seems hardly worth considering.


Assuming the state has taken an entirely hands-off approach, late stage abortions usually come down to availability of doctors who will perform the procedure and standard of care.


Obviously, this is an astoundingly complicated issue. But we live in a
society where sex is an unabashed marketing tool, personal
responsibility is heavily downplayed, and hundreds of thousands of times
per year the birth control technique is "just kill the thing." No
"health of mother" excuses, no rape, no incest - just "I didn't use the
pill or a condom, so kill it."


We've always lived in that society. There has always been abortion, legal and illegal. You can pontificate and moralize, but that doesn't help much. Your morals and faith-based approach is no different than the people who promote helmets. You complain about having to wear a helmet (which you don't, but theoretically). Imaging being told that you have to carry a fetus to term simply because Billy's condom broke or you got carried away in the back of the Chevy.

-- Jay Beattie.

-- Jay Beattie.


Gentle folks get carried away in the back of Mercedes :-)
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Old August 6th 19, 07:10 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 8/5/2019 3:51 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Monday, August 5, 2019 at 8:25:32 AM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/5/2019 10:35 AM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8:40:43 PM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/4/2019 10:17 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:06:28 PM UTC-7, John B. wrote:
On Sun, 4 Aug 2019 10:49:56 -0400, Frank Krygowski
wrote:

On 8/3/2019 11:30 PM, jbeattie wrote:


Wow, now you're condoning murder of abortion providers? Even therapeutic abortion to save the mother? Incest? Abortion of non-viable fetuses?

FWIW, I'm not condoning murder of anyone. But the "therapeutic abortion
to save the mother" thing, and the incest and rape excuses, apply to
only a tiny proportion of abortions. Generally speaking, they're a red
herring.

The vast majority of abortions are for simple birth control. In other
words, those having sex aren't responsible enough to think ahead, or
competently use birth control. Perhaps they don't want to interrupt
their pleasure for a moment.

When their gamble goes wrong, they kill the baby before it's born. It's
simple - and a bit barbaric.

While I'm not disagreeing with you, but the cases where I knew the
details, actually not that many, a "birth control" abortion was
conducted in the first three months of pregnancy. Back in the day, bar
girls often got them and went right back to work the next day.

Unless they were mangled by some back-alley abortionist or killed themselves with one of the do-it-yourself remedies. That's barbaric.

And to Frank's point, it is complicated, but moralizing out people's sexual practices is like teaching abstinence -- useless.

Hmm. So no sexual practice is immoral? We should teach nothing about
sexual behavior? Everyone should just do whatever they want in the
immediate moment? Really?

Wow, you're going of a cliff. People cannot do whatever they want because there are laws against incest, rape and lesser laws against public indecency. However, non-criminal sexual behavior is varied, and if you want to judge particular acts as immoral that's fine -- but they're going to happen.


Please recognize what you said above: "... moralizing out people's
sexual practices is like teaching abstinence -- useless." And yet we DO
have laws against many sexual practices like ones you named: incest,
rape, public indecency, etc. You argue against yourself.

What is complicated is deciding at what point the state's interest in preserving the life of a fetus outweighs the interest of the mother in not having a child. Different civilized and non-barbaric nations make different choices. https://reproductiverights.org/worldabortionlaws In US (and in many European nations), women are allowed to make the choice on their own, without any state involvement, based on their own religious and moral beliefs during the first trimester or thereabouts. That may offend some religious beliefs, but this is a nation of laws and not a papal state or caliphate.

So, according to that site, the U.S. allows easier access to abortion
for _any_ reason than about 128 other countries. IOW, the vast majority
of countries don't treat the act of abortion so cavalierly.

Why is that cavalier? Why isn't it consistent with "land of the free and home of the brave" and American concepts of personal autonomy? Moreover, keep reading, laws absolutely prohibiting abortion affect 5% of all women and represent laws in countries like Angola. Most of the nations with values similar to ours allow abortion. If this were a MHL, you'd be going nuts.


First, please understand my views. I've never said we should outlaw the
use of helmets (which would be the true opposite of a MHL), and I've
never said we should outlaw all abortions.

But "most of the nations with values similar to ours allow abortion"
only up to about 12 weeks into the pregnancy, although the laws vary
based on reasons for the request and other factors. The U.S. is in a
very tiny minority saying, in effect, "any time, for any reason." That
is cavalier by the definition.

Obviously, this is an astoundingly complicated issue. But we live in a
society where sex is an unabashed marketing tool, personal
responsibility is heavily downplayed, and hundreds of thousands of times
per year the birth control technique is "just kill the thing." No
"health of mother" excuses, no rape, no incest - just "I didn't use the
pill or a condom, so kill it."

We've always lived in that society. There has always been abortion, legal and illegal.


Yes, and there have always been murder, and rape, and theft, and
assault, and blackmail, etc. Yet we do have laws that attempt to prevent
them. Those laws almost certainly do reduce them.

You can pontificate and moralize, but that doesn't help much. Your morals and faith-based approach is no different than the people who promote helmets. You complain about having to wear a helmet (which you don't, but theoretically). Imaging being told that you have to carry a fetus to term simply because

Billy's condom broke or you got carried away in the back of the Chevy.

Jay, condoms don't break often enough to generate hundreds of thousands
of abortion requests per year. If they did, the manufacturers would have
long ago been sued out of business. The vast majority of those requests
come because birth control was deliberately not used. They are far more
often the result of "Oh, what the hell, let's do it." It's the opposite
of personal responsibility.


So what? The pregnancy happened. What's next? Forced motherhood? Unwanted children? Public stoning?

You have no end-game except to moralize about lack of self-control and personal responsibility. And if the mother is some god-forsaken harlot who lacks any self-control, what does that tell you about her ability to bear or raise a child?


FWIW, I have two very close friends plus another acquaintance who wanted
kids but couldn't conceive. I have other good friends who adopted
multiple kids despite having their own kids.

Like it or not, most nations don't believe in America's cavalier attitude.


Most industrialized nations do. Pick one and look at the law and practice. Japan: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20.../#.XUhtFFVKiUk

England, for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aborti...United_Kingdom

Germany: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_Germany

Pick any place you might actually want to live. France is nice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_France

Netherlands?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aborti...he_Netherlands


I looked through your link for Japan, England and Germany. Despite your
implications, there _are_ restrictions that are more strenuous than
those in much of the U.S. Like it or not, Jay, the U.S. is within the
top ten most permissive - that is, promoting the least personal
responsibility.

And what is cavalier about recognizing a woman's right to control her body during the first trimester? Must the state be involved in every decision about reproduction?


First, if you have a quote of me saying abortions should be illegal in
the first trimester, please copy it and re-post it to remind me. I just
don't remember saying that.

Second, I'm all for a woman's right to control her own body. But I think
we need a LOT more promotion of such control immediately _before_ she
gets pregnant. It's not like we don't know how to prevent pregnancies.

Third, don't pretend this issue is so cut and dried and obvious. For
most thinking people, there are questions and they are difficult ones.
Many center on the fact that there is not just one "body" involved, and
a baby in the womb is different from a tumor. The fact that world
abortion laws vary greatly (and are mostly stricter than those in the
U.S.) should indicate that.

This issue is an old one, and is still being worked on in many ways -
everything from serious philosophical discussions to legal discussions
to religious discussions to protesters marching with signs. Don't
pretend it's simple.

I suspect the attitudes and the laws will change. After all, there were
times and places where infanticide was considered legal and moral.
Eugenics used to be big. Torture was normal. Times and attitudes change.

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Old August 6th 19, 07:45 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 8/5/2019 6:52 PM, John B. Slocomb wrote:

I can't claim to be a religious scholar...


We agree on that. It's not much, but I think we're going to have to
settle for it.


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Old August 6th 19, 09:07 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:10:35 AM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/5/2019 3:51 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Monday, August 5, 2019 at 8:25:32 AM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/5/2019 10:35 AM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8:40:43 PM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/4/2019 10:17 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:06:28 PM UTC-7, John B. wrote:
On Sun, 4 Aug 2019 10:49:56 -0400, Frank Krygowski
wrote:

On 8/3/2019 11:30 PM, jbeattie wrote:


Wow, now you're condoning murder of abortion providers? Even therapeutic abortion to save the mother? Incest? Abortion of non-viable fetuses?

FWIW, I'm not condoning murder of anyone. But the "therapeutic abortion
to save the mother" thing, and the incest and rape excuses, apply to
only a tiny proportion of abortions. Generally speaking, they're a red
herring.

The vast majority of abortions are for simple birth control. In other
words, those having sex aren't responsible enough to think ahead, or
competently use birth control. Perhaps they don't want to interrupt
their pleasure for a moment.

When their gamble goes wrong, they kill the baby before it's born.. It's
simple - and a bit barbaric.

While I'm not disagreeing with you, but the cases where I knew the
details, actually not that many, a "birth control" abortion was
conducted in the first three months of pregnancy. Back in the day, bar
girls often got them and went right back to work the next day.

Unless they were mangled by some back-alley abortionist or killed themselves with one of the do-it-yourself remedies. That's barbaric.

And to Frank's point, it is complicated, but moralizing out people's sexual practices is like teaching abstinence -- useless.

Hmm. So no sexual practice is immoral? We should teach nothing about
sexual behavior? Everyone should just do whatever they want in the
immediate moment? Really?

Wow, you're going of a cliff. People cannot do whatever they want because there are laws against incest, rape and lesser laws against public indecency. However, non-criminal sexual behavior is varied, and if you want to judge particular acts as immoral that's fine -- but they're going to happen.

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Old August 7th 19, 12:47 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Tue, 6 Aug 2019 14:45:36 -0400, Frank Krygowski
wrote:

On 8/5/2019 6:52 PM, John B. Slocomb wrote:

I can't claim to be a religious scholar...


We agree on that. It's not much, but I think we're going to have to
settle for it.


A nice "out" that avoids history :-)

But at least you don;t keep changing the subject as Tom does :-(
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Old August 7th 19, 01:35 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 8/6/2019 4:07 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:10:35 AM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/5/2019 3:51 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Monday, August 5, 2019 at 8:25:32 AM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/5/2019 10:35 AM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8:40:43 PM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/4/2019 10:17 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:06:28 PM UTC-7, John B. wrote:
On Sun, 4 Aug 2019 10:49:56 -0400, Frank Krygowski
wrote:

On 8/3/2019 11:30 PM, jbeattie wrote:


Wow, now you're condoning murder of abortion providers? Even therapeutic abortion to save the mother? Incest? Abortion of non-viable fetuses?

FWIW, I'm not condoning murder of anyone. But the "therapeutic abortion
to save the mother" thing, and the incest and rape excuses, apply to
only a tiny proportion of abortions. Generally speaking, they're a red
herring.

The vast majority of abortions are for simple birth control. In other
words, those having sex aren't responsible enough to think ahead, or
competently use birth control. Perhaps they don't want to interrupt
their pleasure for a moment.

When their gamble goes wrong, they kill the baby before it's born. It's
simple - and a bit barbaric.

While I'm not disagreeing with you, but the cases where I knew the
details, actually not that many, a "birth control" abortion was
conducted in the first three months of pregnancy. Back in the day, bar
girls often got them and went right back to work the next day.

Unless they were mangled by some back-alley abortionist or killed themselves with one of the do-it-yourself remedies. That's barbaric.

And to Frank's point, it is complicated, but moralizing out people's sexual practices is like teaching abstinence -- useless.

Hmm. So no sexual practice is immoral? We should teach nothing about
sexual behavior? Everyone should just do whatever they want in the
immediate moment? Really?

Wow, you're going of a cliff. People cannot do whatever they want because there are laws against incest, rape and lesser laws against public indecency. However, non-criminal sexual behavior is varied, and if you want to judge particular acts as immoral that's fine -- but they're going to happen.

Please recognize what you said above: "... moralizing out people's
sexual practices is like teaching abstinence -- useless." And yet we DO
have laws against many sexual practices like ones you named: incest,
rape, public indecency, etc. You argue against yourself.

What is complicated is deciding at what point the state's interest in preserving the life of a fetus outweighs the interest of the mother in not having a child. Different civilized and non-barbaric nations make different choices. https://reproductiverights.org/worldabortionlaws In US (and in many European nations), women are allowed to make the choice on their own, without any state involvement, based on their own religious and moral beliefs during the first trimester or thereabouts. That may offend some religious beliefs, but this is a nation of laws and not a papal state or caliphate.

So, according to that site, the U.S. allows easier access to abortion
for _any_ reason than about 128 other countries. IOW, the vast majority
of countries don't treat the act of abortion so cavalierly.

Why is that cavalier? Why isn't it consistent with "land of the free and home of the brave" and American concepts of personal autonomy? Moreover, keep reading, laws absolutely prohibiting abortion affect 5% of all women and represent laws in countries like Angola. Most of the nations with values similar to ours allow abortion. If this were a MHL, you'd be going nuts.

First, please understand my views. I've never said we should outlaw the
use of helmets (which would be the true opposite of a MHL), and I've
never said we should outlaw all abortions.

But "most of the nations with values similar to ours allow abortion"
only up to about 12 weeks into the pregnancy, although the laws vary
based on reasons for the request and other factors. The U.S. is in a
very tiny minority saying, in effect, "any time, for any reason." That
is cavalier by the definition.

Obviously, this is an astoundingly complicated issue. But we live in a
society where sex is an unabashed marketing tool, personal
responsibility is heavily downplayed, and hundreds of thousands of times
per year the birth control technique is "just kill the thing." No
"health of mother" excuses, no rape, no incest - just "I didn't use the
pill or a condom, so kill it."

We've always lived in that society. There has always been abortion, legal and illegal.

Yes, and there have always been murder, and rape, and theft, and
assault, and blackmail, etc. Yet we do have laws that attempt to prevent
them. Those laws almost certainly do reduce them.

You can pontificate and moralize, but that doesn't help much. Your morals and faith-based approach is no different than the people who promote helmets. You complain about having to wear a helmet (which you don't, but theoretically). Imaging being told that you have to carry a fetus to term simply because
Billy's condom broke or you got carried away in the back of the Chevy.

Jay, condoms don't break often enough to generate hundreds of thousands
of abortion requests per year. If they did, the manufacturers would have
long ago been sued out of business. The vast majority of those requests
come because birth control was deliberately not used. They are far more
often the result of "Oh, what the hell, let's do it." It's the opposite
of personal responsibility.

So what? The pregnancy happened. What's next? Forced motherhood? Unwanted children? Public stoning?

You have no end-game except to moralize about lack of self-control and personal responsibility. And if the mother is some god-forsaken harlot who lacks any self-control, what does that tell you about her ability to bear or raise a child?


FWIW, I have two very close friends plus another acquaintance who wanted
kids but couldn't conceive. I have other good friends who adopted
multiple kids despite having their own kids.


That's great, but most unwanted children are not put up for adoption. They are raised by a parent as an unwanted child. https://www.statnews.com/2018/12/05/...en-well-being/


Quite an interesting statement in the "Restricting access to abortion
doesn’t just harm women — it harms their children as well."

In most other contexts, having "small but significant reduction in
achieving developmental milestones" or "greater chance of living below
poverty level" etc. would be considered somewhat less harmful than being
- well, you know, dead.

And it's too bad that so few of those mothers didn't choose adoption.
But consider the vast amount of energy poured into making abortion
available. What if that same energy were poured into promoting adoption?
I suspect significantly more women would allow adoption.

Like it or not, most nations don't believe in America's cavalier attitude.

Most industrialized nations do. Pick one and look at the law and practice. Japan: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20.../#.XUhtFFVKiUk

England, for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aborti...United_Kingdom

Germany: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_Germany

Pick any place you might actually want to live. France is nice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_France

Netherlands?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aborti...he_Netherlands


I looked through your link for Japan, England and Germany. Despite your
implications, there _are_ restrictions that are more strenuous than
those in much of the U.S. Like it or not, Jay, the U.S. is within the
top ten most permissive - that is, promoting the least personal
responsibility.


Like what, a waiting period?


Like much stricter gestational limits. Like having to get the permission
of the father. Like having to have a reason beyond "Having a kid would
cramp my style."

And what is cavalier about recognizing a woman's right to control her body during the first trimester? Must the state be involved in every decision about reproduction?


First, if you have a quote of me saying abortions should be illegal in
the first trimester, please copy it and re-post it to remind me. I just
don't remember saying that.

Second, I'm all for a woman's right to control her own body. But I think
we need a LOT more promotion of such control immediately _before_ she
gets pregnant. It's not like we don't know how to prevent pregnancies.

Third, don't pretend this issue is so cut and dried and obvious. For
most thinking people, there are questions and they are difficult ones.
Many center on the fact that there is not just one "body" involved, and
a baby in the womb is different from a tumor. The fact that world
abortion laws vary greatly (and are mostly stricter than those in the
U.S.) should indicate that.

This issue is an old one, and is still being worked on in many ways -
everything from serious philosophical discussions to legal discussions
to religious discussions to protesters marching with signs. Don't
pretend it's simple.


I suspect the attitudes and the laws will change. After all, there were
times and places where infanticide was considered legal and moral.
Eugenics used to be big. Torture was normal. Times and attitudes change.


As applied to abortions, what amounts to infanticide is again definitional and raises the question of when a fetus an infant or a "human."


Yes, and there were times and places not that long ago where killing a
slave did not fit the _definition_ of murder. Definitions change.

(Your "definitional" statements remind me of something another lawyer
friend said. He worked for a large corporation of rather ill repute. He
told me "Once I got over thinking whether something was _right_ and just
concentrated on what was _legal_, I was OK." I guess a lot of lawyers
have to make that jump.)

We can make a scientific determination of when a fetus is viable outside the womb...


OK, so: What are your thoughts on aborting a fetus that would be viable
outside the womb?

... but determining when it is a "human" is a matter of faith, and different faiths consider the fetus a human at very different times, e.g. the majority Jewish sects put it at the first breath as do some very conservative Christian sects. Yet other Christians put it at conception. I think that started as a Catholic thing. So who should decide which faith is right? Your government?


So much simplification! You seem to think the only objection to abortion
is driven by rigid rules of one or another religion. Sorry, that's just
not the case.

https://www.americamagazine.org/poli...t-human-rights


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Old August 7th 19, 05:21 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 5:35:23 PM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/6/2019 4:07 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:10:35 AM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/5/2019 3:51 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Monday, August 5, 2019 at 8:25:32 AM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/5/2019 10:35 AM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8:40:43 PM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 8/4/2019 10:17 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:06:28 PM UTC-7, John B. wrote:
On Sun, 4 Aug 2019 10:49:56 -0400, Frank Krygowski
wrote:

On 8/3/2019 11:30 PM, jbeattie wrote:


Wow, now you're condoning murder of abortion providers? Even therapeutic abortion to save the mother? Incest? Abortion of non-viable fetuses?

FWIW, I'm not condoning murder of anyone. But the "therapeutic abortion
to save the mother" thing, and the incest and rape excuses, apply to
only a tiny proportion of abortions. Generally speaking, they're a red
herring.

The vast majority of abortions are for simple birth control. In other
words, those having sex aren't responsible enough to think ahead, or
competently use birth control. Perhaps they don't want to interrupt
their pleasure for a moment.

When their gamble goes wrong, they kill the baby before it's born. It's
simple - and a bit barbaric.

While I'm not disagreeing with you, but the cases where I knew the
details, actually not that many, a "birth control" abortion was
conducted in the first three months of pregnancy. Back in the day, bar
girls often got them and went right back to work the next day.

Unless they were mangled by some back-alley abortionist or killed themselves with one of the do-it-yourself remedies. That's barbaric.

And to Frank's point, it is complicated, but moralizing out people's sexual practices is like teaching abstinence -- useless.

Hmm. So no sexual practice is immoral? We should teach nothing about
sexual behavior? Everyone should just do whatever they want in the
immediate moment? Really?

Wow, you're going of a cliff. People cannot do whatever they want because there are laws against incest, rape and lesser laws against public indecency. However, non-criminal sexual behavior is varied, and if you want to judge particular acts as immoral that's fine -- but they're going to happen.

Please recognize what you said above: "... moralizing out people's
sexual practices is like teaching abstinence -- useless." And yet we DO
have laws against many sexual practices like ones you named: incest,
rape, public indecency, etc. You argue against yourself.

What is complicated is deciding at what point the state's interest in preserving the life of a fetus outweighs the interest of the mother in not having a child. Different civilized and non-barbaric nations make different choices. https://reproductiverights.org/worldabortionlaws In US (and in many European nations), women are allowed to make the choice on their own, without any state involvement, based on their own religious and moral beliefs during the first trimester or thereabouts. That may offend some religious beliefs, but this is a nation of laws and not a papal state or caliphate.

So, according to that site, the U.S. allows easier access to abortion
for _any_ reason than about 128 other countries. IOW, the vast majority
of countries don't treat the act of abortion so cavalierly.

Why is that cavalier? Why isn't it consistent with "land of the free and home of the brave" and American concepts of personal autonomy? Moreover, keep reading, laws absolutely prohibiting abortion affect 5% of all women and represent laws in countries like Angola. Most of the nations with values similar to ours allow abortion. If this were a MHL, you'd be going nuts.

First, please understand my views. I've never said we should outlaw the
use of helmets (which would be the true opposite of a MHL), and I've
never said we should outlaw all abortions.

But "most of the nations with values similar to ours allow abortion"
only up to about 12 weeks into the pregnancy, although the laws vary
based on reasons for the request and other factors. The U.S. is in a
very tiny minority saying, in effect, "any time, for any reason." That
is cavalier by the definition.

Obviously, this is an astoundingly complicated issue. But we live in a
society where sex is an unabashed marketing tool, personal
responsibility is heavily downplayed, and hundreds of thousands of times
per year the birth control technique is "just kill the thing." No
"health of mother" excuses, no rape, no incest - just "I didn't use the
pill or a condom, so kill it."

We've always lived in that society. There has always been abortion, legal and illegal.

Yes, and there have always been murder, and rape, and theft, and
assault, and blackmail, etc. Yet we do have laws that attempt to prevent
them. Those laws almost certainly do reduce them.

You can pontificate and moralize, but that doesn't help much. Your morals and faith-based approach is no different than the people who promote helmets. You complain about having to wear a helmet (which you don't, but theoretically). Imaging being told that you have to carry a fetus to term simply because
Billy's condom broke or you got carried away in the back of the Chevy.

Jay, condoms don't break often enough to generate hundreds of thousands
of abortion requests per year. If they did, the manufacturers would have
long ago been sued out of business. The vast majority of those requests
come because birth control was deliberately not used. They are far more
often the result of "Oh, what the hell, let's do it." It's the opposite
of personal responsibility.

So what? The pregnancy happened. What's next? Forced motherhood? Unwanted children? Public stoning?

You have no end-game except to moralize about lack of self-control and personal responsibility. And if the mother is some god-forsaken harlot who lacks any self-control, what does that tell you about her ability to bear or raise a child?

FWIW, I have two very close friends plus another acquaintance who wanted
kids but couldn't conceive. I have other good friends who adopted
multiple kids despite having their own kids.


That's great, but most unwanted children are not put up for adoption. They are raised by a parent as an unwanted child. https://www.statnews.com/2018/12/05/...en-well-being/


Quite an interesting statement in the "Restricting access to abortion
doesn’t just harm women — it harms their children as well.."
In most other contexts, having "small but significant reduction in
achieving developmental milestones" or "greater chance of living below
poverty level" etc. would be considered somewhat less harmful than being
- well, you know, dead.


Is not being born better than what some children endured? Yes. https://www..washingtonpost.com/news...a-report-says/


And it's too bad that so few of those mothers didn't choose adoption.
But consider the vast amount of energy poured into making abortion
available. What if that same energy were poured into promoting adoption?
I suspect significantly more women would allow adoption.


But why should a woman be compelled to be a brood mare? Requiring a woman to carry a child to term against her will is a form of slavery, and it is not without risk.


Like it or not, most nations don't believe in America's cavalier attitude.

Most industrialized nations do. Pick one and look at the law and practice. Japan: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20.../#.XUhtFFVKiUk

England, for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aborti...United_Kingdom

Germany: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_Germany

Pick any place you might actually want to live. France is nice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_France

Netherlands?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aborti...he_Netherlands

I looked through your link for Japan, England and Germany. Despite your
implications, there _are_ restrictions that are more strenuous than
those in much of the U.S. Like it or not, Jay, the U.S. is within the
top ten most permissive - that is, promoting the least personal
responsibility.


Like what, a waiting period?


Like much stricter gestational limits. Like having to get the permission
of the father. Like having to have a reason beyond "Having a kid would
cramp my style."


If the father has veto power, then he better pre-pay child support. If the father is not given veto power, why subject the woman to that humiliation -- or even danger, depending on the father.

After the first trimester, states can and do impose greater restrictions. https://tinyurl.com/y3jwqlxk


And what is cavalier about recognizing a woman's right to control her body during the first trimester? Must the state be involved in every decision about reproduction?

First, if you have a quote of me saying abortions should be illegal in
the first trimester, please copy it and re-post it to remind me. I just
don't remember saying that.

Second, I'm all for a woman's right to control her own body. But I think
we need a LOT more promotion of such control immediately _before_ she
gets pregnant. It's not like we don't know how to prevent pregnancies.

Third, don't pretend this issue is so cut and dried and obvious. For
most thinking people, there are questions and they are difficult ones.
Many center on the fact that there is not just one "body" involved, and
a baby in the womb is different from a tumor. The fact that world
abortion laws vary greatly (and are mostly stricter than those in the
U.S.) should indicate that.

This issue is an old one, and is still being worked on in many ways -
everything from serious philosophical discussions to legal discussions
to religious discussions to protesters marching with signs. Don't
pretend it's simple.


I suspect the attitudes and the laws will change. After all, there were
times and places where infanticide was considered legal and moral.
Eugenics used to be big. Torture was normal. Times and attitudes change.


As applied to abortions, what amounts to infanticide is again definitional and raises the question of when a fetus an infant or a "human."


Yes, and there were times and places not that long ago where killing a
slave did not fit the _definition_ of murder. Definitions change.


Slavery does not involve a question of when a fetus becomes a human capable of being murdered. Slaves were objectively born and capable of murder, but they were considered chattel. I understand, however, that an inapt comparison to slavery adds perceived heft to emotional and often religious based arguments.


(Your "definitional" statements remind me of something another lawyer
friend said. He worked for a large corporation of rather ill repute. He
told me "Once I got over thinking whether something was _right_ and just
concentrated on what was _legal_, I was OK." I guess a lot of lawyers
have to make that jump.)


What is right often depends on definitions. People go to jail based on definitions, usually conveyed to juries through jury instructions. But the reason I'm talking about definitions is because you go on about murder and "what is right" as though it is self-evident. It's not and many of our basic beliefs are informed by definitions.

We can make a scientific determination of when a fetus is viable outside the womb...


OK, so: What are your thoughts on aborting a fetus that would be viable
outside the womb?


I wouldn't do it, but its not my choice, assuming there is a choice under the law.

... but determining when it is a "human" is a matter of faith, and different faiths consider the fetus a human at very different times, e.g. the majority Jewish sects put it at the first breath as do some very conservative Christian sects. Yet other Christians put it at conception. I think that started as a Catholic thing. So who should decide which faith is right? Your government?


So much simplification! You seem to think the only objection to abortion
is driven by rigid rules of one or another religion. Sorry, that's just
not the case.

https://www.americamagazine.org/poli...t-human-rights


An Op Ed piece in the Jesuit Review is supposed to settle the issue? A person can object to abortion for many reasons, but when do those objections outweigh the right of a woman to chose, free from government interference. You complain about MHLs. Imagine being told that you have to, upon penalty of imprisonment, carry a fetus you do not want to full term. Compelled pregnancies make no sense to me -- at least not until the child/state's interest outweighs the mother's, and I think we have an appropriate legal framework for determining when that happens.

I'm done.

-- Jay Beattie.


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Old August 7th 19, 06:56 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Mon, 05 Aug 2019 13:36:30 +0700, John B. Slocomb wrote:

On Mon, 5 Aug 2019 01:56:25 -0000 (UTC), news18
wrote:

On Mon, 05 Aug 2019 01:11:50 +0000, Ralph Barone wrote:


I think that Leviticus and Deuteronomy (and the majority of Old
Testament writers) could have benefited by “just lightening the ****
up”.


As can all who quote their holy book to justify attrocities.


Atrocities today, perhaps, but at the time of writing they were
"truths". The law in other words.


From my vague memory, just for a small and dying mob in the Levant I
think, or one mob (that became two and later three)_ in the Middle East.

I've always wondered just how many of the common folk were really
affected by these various "codes" and WTF "life" in general was like
where "the law" had to specifically state such matters.

 




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