Greenville, South Carolina
Abortion You're allowing your own private definitions to intrude into your argument, Ed.
Oh I am, am I? Excuse me. Next time I'll be sure to put your definitions in my posts. I didn't realize my definitions were biased. Maybe my definitions are just my opinions; yep that's it. And any opinion that doesn't match up to yours is wrong. Gotcha!
Abortion - since you asked - is defined by the Random House Unabridged Dictionary as:
"any of various surgical methods for terminating a pregnancy"
Terminating a pregnancy? What's a pregnancy? Oh "pregnant" means:
"having a child or other offspring developing in the body"
So "terminating a pregnancy" means terminating a child. Oh ok... Wait a sec. What's terminate mean? Oh yeah, it means:
"to bring to an end; put an end to"
So "terminating a child" means to put an end to a child. Got it. But what's a child? That's right, a child is:
"a person between birth and full growth"
Oh, so a child is a person! I get it now. So "putting an end to a child" means putting an end to a person. Putting an end to a person? Doesn't that mean killing a person; ending a person's life? Yeah it does. But hey, those are only the dictionary’s definitions; what the hell do they know? Am I right or am I right?
Not everyone, clearly, is going to agree with your definition of "unborn child,"
Oh ok, it's all about the adjectives is it? Unborn child. Nice adjective to rationalize killing. You have naughty children, playful children, sticky children, loud children, wild children; but are they still children? Yes siree Bob, I mean Ron. Is it just because the child is still in the womb and they're not sucking oxygen yet? Ok, what about fish, are they alive? They don't breathe oxygen; they must not be alive. See, all of your liberal adjectives aside, an unborn child is still a child, my friend. Weird how people get so confused with that.
and indeed, the courts are very clear that by the time a fetus is declared a child it is absolutely protected by law.
When's that? When they can pay taxes and get their fingerprints registered? I'm glad "the courts" are wise enough to know when a human being is a human being.
Euthanasia Thirty seconds on Google, Edward, was all the research necessary to discover that mercy killing, as you call it, is illegal in all but one state and three countries.
Thanks Ronald! I'm too lazy for Google. Thirty seconds of my time is too precious.
Terri Shiavo? That was neither euthanasia nor assisted suicide because no one killed her. Right or wrong, she was simply allowed to die.
Allowed to die... Oops! Ron-man, you're twisting the definitions here. Here's the def of "euthanasia:"
"Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, esp. a painful, disease or condition."
Just in case you don't believe me:
Notice the part about "withholding extreme medical measures." It's right before the part about "allowing to die" in the definition of euthanasia. You should really spend more time on Google, Ron; you might've caught that.
In my opinion, people aren't legally allowed to kill themselves for the same reason a twelve-year-old isn't allowed to drive a car. They may have to the physical capacity but most are sorely lacking in sound judgment. Just because a blind person wants to walk into a busy intersection doesn't necessarily mean you should let them.
Thanks for your opinion to my honest question. You have a great point.
The vast majority of people who try to kill themselves need your help, not your permission.
Couldn't agree with ya more; I was just curious, as usual.
Have a good one Ronald...
“Well all the apostles, they’re sittin’ on the swings, sayin’ I’d sell off my savior for a set of new rings.”