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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: Part 3, the Argument from Rights

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: Part 3, the Argument from Rights

Some people make the claim that all human beings have rights. This being the case, they go on to say that to abort an embryo is to violate that human being’s right to life. Thus, they conclude, it is wrongful to practice abortion. I find great problems with this line of thinking. So, for part three, I wanted to discuss the issue of rights. Previously we discussed my belief that what matters about someone is not their mere humanity (in terms of their being biologically human) but their personhood, which comes about subsequent to their humanity. Human-being, under the proper conditions, gives...

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: The Argument from Deprived Future Part 2

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: The Argument from Deprived Future Part 2

By: Brandon Christen (Part 2 of 5) One of the strongest arguments against abortion which I have come across has been the argument from a denied future. This argument is presented by anti-abortionists from within the secular community as a completely secular argument that, allegedly, philosophically showcases why we cannot allow abortion (except for certain circumstances, which we shall come to in due time). This argument is perhaps best articulated by a philosopher named Don Marquis from his article “Why Abortion is Immoral” in The Journal of Philosophy in 1989. I first read it in the...

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Bill Fusaro

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Bill Fusaro

Name: Bill Fusaro DOB: 1965 Location: Deep River, CT Label: Atheist My Story It was December 25, 1973.  I was eight years old and had just finished opening “all” my Christmas presents.  Then my mom said something like, “Wait … Santa left you guys a note.”  Me and my brothers rushed over to the table.  There was a hand written note which said, “You each have one more present in the basement.  – Santa Claus.”Of course I was excited about the fact that there was still another present … as it turned out there were three brand new...

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James LaRocca

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James LaRocca

Name: James LaRocca Location: Lawrence, KS DOB: 1988 Former Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic Groups affiliated with: University of Kansas, Society of Open-minded Atheists and Agnostics Label: Agnostic Atheist, Secular...

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Governor Brownback Meets with Atheists!

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Governor Brownback Meets with Atheists!

Yesterday I met with Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas.  Well… Adam Brown, Cole Morgan, Fred Heeren, Michaelyn Everhart and I. We met at my apartment complex and piled into Adam’s car and headed for Topeka, KS. We were all a bit nervous and were trying to figure out what to say, how to say it, and whether or not certain issues should even be raised. We decided on Abortion, Science Education, and giving atheists a seat “at the table”. Let’s break this down a bit so you know what we mean: Abortion: Michaelyn and I were charged with the task of helping Gov. Brownback to see the...

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