I never felt very strongly about the abortion issue until it became real to me because of my own personal experience. Now I understand why this is one of the biggest political issues of our day. At a theoretical level, it cuts to the heart of what individual rights are. If you don’t ground rights in man’s nature as a rational being , you can only default to the intrinsicism of religion or the abandonment of rights as a principle. And precisely because of this importance in theory, we have a massive conflict in practice.
I am a living person with rights, seeking my own happiness. Those in favor of Amendment 62 would condemn me for that very fact, in the name of the potential that I am trying to actualize. It’s bizarre. Those people can keep their goddamn imaginary world of heaven, hell, and mystical souls of the unborn, but they’d better leave this world to me.
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