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  • I'm not even of the opinion that his view is particularly indefensible. Except the big part where he says that this is why a large group of people choose what they choose.

    He's clearly wrong about that. Many of those people don't feel that way, and I'd wager that the vast majority don't. At least the vast majority of the ones that I've seen talking about it don't.

    For instance I look at the situation and I say to myself, If I'm ever in her position, I want people to admit that I'm dead, hold a decent fun
    • Except the big part where he says that this is why a large group of people choose what they choose.

      He actually manages to misrepresent both sides. I think he's trying to play psychologist (or economist) and get at people's alleged underlying unspoken motivations. Whether or not those motivations are truly there and are truly as he describes is an interesting thought to ponder.

      For instance I look at the situation and I say to myself, If I'm ever in her position, I want people to admit that I'm dead, hold a decent funeral, and move on.

      I have no problem with that at all. If you truly own your life I think you have the right to do whatever you want in it and I don't get a say whatsoever.

      I have no problem with DNR, etc. So long as everything is specified legally and in writing. I do have a problem with people making that assumption for me since I have not filed such paperwork (and in fact feel differently and have instructed my family otherwise).

      His 50 million unborn children figure? That's less than the number of potential children who are lost each time the average man masturbates!

      Do you want to truly understand the pro-life side and disagree with it, or would you prefer to misrepresent it and disagree with it? The pro-life side generally believes that a fetus is a human being, while a spermatazoa is not. The pro-life side generally could not care less about "potential children"; the concern is for what the pro-life side believes are actual children. The problem is that the two sides disagree on whether or not, if you'll let me use my terminology, an unborn baby is a human being or not.

      Now, I understand that the pro-choice side believes that a fetus is not a human being, or merely a potential human being, and I strenuously disagree. Theoretically, it should be possible for you to understand that the pro-life side does believe an unborn baby is an actual human being and that spermatazoa are not human beings and are irrelevant, while strenuously disagreeing. And it will add a lot to your persuasiveness if you understand and do not misrepresent your opposition. Educate yourself on the opposition rather than taking pride in yourself for having the "right" view; I think you will find it feels a lot better to actually know why people feel differently than yourself.

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers