Saturday, September 1, 2012

My Body = My Choice


  1. Ah, you've started using illustrations! Good show :p

    It's a difficult topic, and much polarised. Personally, I am pro-choice, but I would also not be happy with having a child of mine aborted. I guess in principle I am pro-choice but in practice pro-life.

    However, because it's such a charged issue, I don't know how helpful it is for other people to wade in (the pun is unintentional, not being an American, I shouldn't even be aware of it!) I doubt that any young women faced with the heart-wrenching decision to terminate a life take that decision lightly. If there are women who do take such a decision lightly, it's somewhat unlikely that they would care one iota what anybody else thinks about it.

  2. Yes, illustrations! Very, very helpful for communicating information.

    I don't often comment on political issues, but this one has interesting philosophical outcroppings that get my mind working. This topic certain is a charged one because both sides have a lot to lose (one side fears a loss of life, the other fears a loss of personal freedom).

    While it is important to give people the freedom to do what they want with their bodies, it is important not to exclude certain groups from those rights. My idea with this picture was to demonstrate that some kinds of pro-choice logic apply to unborn children as well.

  3. "I guess in principle I am pro-choice but in practice pro-life." Neopolitan, I might humbly suggest that you aren't making sense with that statement. Everyone who uses this quote either is just avoiding taking a stance; on one hand, you don't want to offend your conscience by saying that abortion is okay, while on the other, you also want to claim that you are not trying to coerce women from having them.

    Josh: in my Bioethics class, I am pretty stunned at how weak the arguments for abortion are. One move is take abortion situations out of context; another move is to make thought experiments that either very rarely apply to the real world at all, or never apply. After these two bad trains of thought are fleshed out, the abortionist congratulates himself (usually more 'herself', though) on how stupid folks are who think that human beings deserve some dignity in the womb. Bad, lame arguments, they are.