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It seems pretty much for me that you assume that not doing everything to prevent somebody else's death is the same as killing somebody. That is what I think is complete rubbish. Everyday most people do not everything they can do to prevent unnecessary death (in there is a damn lot of unnecessary death especially in Africa and in Asia and everybody can do a lot to stop it). That doesn't make everybody a murderer, your comparison is therefore absolutely invalid.
By the way, if a child would die due to kidney failure and for whatever reason one parent would be the only person who could save it with an organ transplantation, and he would not do it, I wouldn't advocate gov punishment, but I would think he is an extreme asshole.

The argument about that abortion would be done then illegal is the one to take more seriously. But it largely rejects the fact that we live in a consensus democracy. If abortion would be made illegal (in theory it is illegal in Germany although the public insurance pays for it) it would be based on a relatively broad acceptance that it should be illegal. The main goal for stopping abortion is not lobbying the gov, but change people's mindset.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers

by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 at 09:48:56 AM EST
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