|| Time I renewed my Amnesty membership, I think
||Aug. 21st, 2007 04:35 pm|
I think you missed my point.
My point was that, by asserting an absurd moral right to revoke use of the Old Testament, I was acting with exactly as much authority and reason as the Pope rightly has.
Although your third point, on the notions of human rights, is worth addressing, I'm not up for it at the moment. Check back in my journal for my "Blogging For Choice" essay to see how I addressed it there, if you're interested.
AFAICT, the whole debate can be condensed down to whether or not an entity's right to not be killed outweighs another entity's right to decide how to use their own body. I don't think that it's possible to make an absolute declaration that one right is more important than the other, because there are other very basic rights (such as the right to primary education and the right to basic healthcare) which are dependant upon someone giving the use of their body (by teaching or practicing medicine) to help someone else.
I think that the practical option is to do more to minimise the risk to women of unplanned conception and to remove the economic and social reasons that often make carrying to term impossible.