Monday, 9 April 2012

Abortion - follow up

This is just a short post to follow up on my previous one where I rambled on about the atheist consensus on abortion. I don't really know why I used the word "consensus". Something more like "The opinions of atheists on abortion" might have been better. Anyhowz, follow the break to read the rest of this post.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The atheist consensus on abortion

Right, let's get this blog going by jumping in the deep end. Abortion brings out the deepest emotions in people, both atheists and non-atheists alike.

On many modern topics of discussion, I am quite well versed in knowing what the general consensus is amongst atheists and people in general who follow evidence based reasoning. However, when it comes to abortion, I am quite at a loss to know how such people truly view the issue. My understanding, up until yesterday at least, was limited to the following:
  • Fundamentalist Christians: "pro-life", all forms of abortion, even the "morning-after" pill are evil.
  • Atheists/Rationalists: "pro-choice", abortion of some shape or form is a fundamental human right.
But the thing that always bugged me was not knowing what form of abortion is acceptable to the majority of atheists. To me, having been raised Catholic, abortion does admittedly feel icky, so I contented myself with accepting the status quo of most western European countries: abortion is generally okay up until 12 weeks of pregnancy. I also have a current conviction that any abortion beyond 6 months pregnancy is not morally right as the fetus is, well, human. I would agree to some exceptions, for example in cases where the life of the mother is at risk or if the fetus is significantly deformed.

First post

Every blog has to have a first post, so I'll make this one short and, eh, sweet. Probably a good occasion to check out some of the features of this blogger thingy. Let's go with a quote:
“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
- Richard Dawkins
Now, that wasn't too hard. Let's leave it at that for the moment. All I have to do now is click that orange "Publish" button ...