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29 June 2013 @ 02:09 pm
Racism and scandals  
* "People who are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term are being asked to do something no other people are asked to do for another person, which exposes the truth of the anti-choice position: Fetuses are valued more highly than the people who carry them."
* It was a big week for racism in America.
* And then the second-term scandal era came to a quiet end.
* On picking generics over name-brands (one of my causes.)
* NPR gives us the songs of summer(s).

Selkiselki on July 1st, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
"Fetuses are valued more highly than the people who carry them."

Abortion and Bodily Autonomy, by Jim Hines (SF author), starts with a thought experiment of imagining being forced to donate an organ to save a child's life, and develops further:
But here in the U. S., nobody has the legal right to force you to sign up to donate your organs. Every state requires your legal consent for organ donation. Even if the surgery wouldn’t cause you any serious complications or side effects. Even if it would save a child’s life. Even though more than 6000 people die each year for lack of available organs.

The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of 2006 “strengthens the power of an individual not to donate his or her parts by permitting the individual to sign a refusal that also bars others from making a gift of the individual’s parts after the individual’s death.”

In other words, U. S. law gives you control over your body. Even if that means someone else will die. Even after you’re dead and presumably have no further need of those organs. Your corpse has the right to bodily autonomy.


But if the “right to life” is so important, why don’t we have mandatory organ registries in this country? Why isn’t everyone required to have their blood type and other information entered into a national database? Why don’t we require living organ donations, since most of us have some redundant organs we could give with no significant loss to our own quality of life?

Why have we so enshrined our right to control our own bodies … unless you happen to be a woman?
PMMJ: Science!cheetahmaster on July 3rd, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm seeing this argument more, and we're the better off for it.