[extropy-chat] Stem Cell Politics

Olga Bourlin fauxever at sprynet.com
Thu May 19 02:03:28 UTC 2005

From: "Mike Lorrey" <mlorrey at yahoo.com>
>> What if she wasn't responsible (as in pregnancy by force)?  What do
>> you say then, Mike?
> Not being responsible is a definition of 'irresponsible'. The proper
> word you are looking for is non-consensual. That being the case, she
> can't be bound by a biological contract she did not cognizantly consent 
> to.

Ahaaaaaaaaaaa, so you say "OK" to abortion in some cases.  (Oh, oh ... 
what's that ahead there? ... Why it appears to be a slippery slope!)

Hmmm, and what if a mother's life may be in danger if she were to carry the 

And what if an eleven year old girl *consents* to sex and gets pregnant as a 
result?  (and the father is only twelve or thirteen himself)?

And what if the result of an amniocentesis found that the fetus had no 
brain?  What would be the responsible thing to do?

In [a] case of sextuplets, would it be responsible to maybe to take out a 
some of embryos so that the other four? - or three? - or five? - had a 
better chance to be healthy and/or survive?

And in any and all cases ... who's going to be the judge, anyway?


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