by Shannon Constantine
The closure on the debate is that there is no debate. Women aren’t sovereign, they operate within a sovereign territory with permission (from men) to have certain rights and liberties, including the right to do things that are generally seen as repugnant to the majority. That permission can be revoked at any time.
CD: Ouch. It’s a good thing a woman said that. Not sure I’m brave enough. 😉
P lands with:
“In the cases of killing in war, capital punishment in justice, suicide in suffering, euthanasia in old age or illness, infanticide in defect, and abortion in utero, we (polities) develop norms, traditions, and laws that permit us to terminate life when the consequences of not doing so are more than we can pay restitution for. The only outlier among these is abortion where (a) woman is as in control of her uterus as a man is in control of his violence – so why is she not as accountable for abortion as a man is for accidental murder, and (b) the outcome of the child’s life is unknown. As such we make these decisions empirically. And we are too forgiving of women in this subject as we are too forgiving (coddling) of women in all others. Why? Because we are biologically and traditionally if not consciously aware that women have lower agency than men, but that they are intrinsically more valuable and less disposable than men.”