“our” hub(e)ris

Wolfgang Huber:

“It is against the spirit of our ethics, the spirit of our ethical tradition, the spirit of the Christian image of a human person and against the spirit of our law,”

This view relates to similar arguments to criminalize abortion. Rather than advocating that others’ behavior should revolve around a particular “image”, Huber may be advised to promote morally accurate action by conscience and reason alone. Behaving based upon an (oxymoronically prescribed) “ethical tradition” implies meeting the present with a static past rather than looking at the (particular suicidal (or feticidal)) situation anew. Criminalizing either the assistance of suicide or the assistance of abortion (under most circumstances) is societally corrosive. Criminalizing the attempt to commit suicide or a self-performed (or attempt to self-perform) abortion is absurd. Of course, some such situations may reasonably require a psychiatric evaluation, but jail time (or any sort of punishment) is obviously a counterproductive approach.

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5 Responses to ““our” hub(e)ris”

  1. Evan Thornton Says:

    Don’t like abortion – who does – and I personally know of several people who *have* used it as birth control – which is appalling – but as a last resort it must be available at the choice of the woman concerned – for the state to be involved as an arbiter of which pregnancies qualify for termination is hypocrisy in too many ways to begin listing,

    And of course any state that carries out a blanket ban against *all* abortion is clearly signaling its misogyny – couldn’t be plainer.

  2. gnuosphere Says:

    for the state to be involved as an arbiter of which pregnancies qualify for termination is hypocrisy in too many ways to begin listing,

    Generally I agree with what you are saying though I wouldn’t have a problem with a law that prevented a doctor from performing an abortion in the third trimester without any intervention to better assess the situation.

    I feel that unless there are extraordinary circumstances, a woman may forfeit her unquestionable freedom to have an abortion that late in a pregnancy.

  3. Evan Thornton Says:

    good point

    I wasn’t thinking so much of late-term – and third trimester is incredibly late – but rather the context of the conception and the reason for the desire to terminate.

  4. Lovegod Says:

    So saving baby lives is “societally corrosive”? What do you think happens to a society that supports murdering babies?

    I don’t know where you got your ideas from (did your parents teach you this?) but maybe you better think about this some more.

  5. gnuosphere Says:

    So saving baby lives is “societally corrosive”?

    Saving the life of a baby is good (obviously) but I’m speaking about abortion, which involves an embryo/fetus, not a baby.

    What do you think happens to a society that supports murdering babies?

    Surely a society legally supporting the murdering of babies is corrupted. Such a situation would be saddening and sickening, to say the least. However, your point doesn’t have any relevance as I don’t know of any countries that legally support the murdering of babies. Do you know of such a country?

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