On the implications of the appearance of the fetus

An interesting item popped up in my Facebook newsfeed from the good folks at the Life Training Institute–decent and awesome folks, all of them, so please check their blog and site out–that deserved consideration.  They linked to a brief blog post on Slate regarding the rise of birth photography and photoshopping ultrasound images onto images of the mother, and some very interesting remarks were made about what that could mean.

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How not to argue ethics

Every now and then, but more frequently than I’d like, something like this pops up on the internet or on Facebook:

If you don’t believe in things like smoking pot or gay marriage (or abortion, or other activist campaign), just remember that you don’t have to engage in those activities if you don’t want to.

As though that were the entirety of the argument.

It’s not.  Here’s why.

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Answering the Missouri Cures Ethics Trainwreck

Or, why the Missouri Cures Initiative needs to be repealed

(Note: I’ve had this on the back burner for a very long time.  Now that I have a blog, I suppose it’ll work, so I dusted it up, added a few notes, and here it is.  And I’m also really thinking about renaming this blog to Dave’s Ethics Emporium.)

So the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures has a page entitled “Myths and Facts” (http://mclc.convio.net/site/PageNavigator/Learn/learn_mythsandfacts) about stem cell research.  I decided to go through and answer the little questionnaire to see what would happen.  I was rather surprised to see the responses to those who oppose embryonic stem cell research–hereafter ESCR.

Let’s see if their defenses hold water, shall we?  For that matter, let’s see if they can even ask or answer the right questions.

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