I am very likely to regret raising this issue, in which case this thread will be made invisible. Nonetheless, there seems like an important teachable moment arising. Therefore this thread will be more strictly moderated: follow these rules closely:
- Stick to the scope of this OP.
- Do not spill the debate in this thread to other places.
- Contextualize and explain any strong ethical/political/moral claims to you, your cultural context, or your moral guides.
- Seek to understand and be understood.
- Stay away from politics.
Abortion is one of those issues even more charged than origins, for understandable reasons. It touches on the most intimate and important parts of lives and is particularly intwined with the bodies of women.
For those that are appalled by abortion, this is understandable. Help create a society where women would feel no need to have an abortion. For those that are appalled by the government intruding in this area, rest assured there is no government policy being advocated by me here. With that in mind, we will engage in a divisive debates about what is right or wrong here, or precisely what the government should or shouldn’t do.
A question worth understanding: how different are cultures are working through the goals of protecting women in the complexities of a broken world?
We have a unique opportunity to engage with this, as we are already practiced in engaging in contentious questions here. If we can pause for a moment, and try to understand a different culture, good can come of it. So let us give this a shot, following the rules as mapped out above.
I’ll move some posts from another thread here.