Alizabeth Davis

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Alizabeth Davis
Posted over 2 years ago
Do you think marriage, as a social commitment device, still works? Or did it ever work?
I disagree that 'traditional marriage has always been a covenant between a man a woman and their God.' First, marriage has existed for thousands of years and, doubtlessly, before the covenants of the Jewish faith. Other religions incorporated religion into their ceremonies as often as not. Second, in many cultures marriage does not have to be between one man and one woman, or heterosexual. There is reason to believe Neandertals paired off as in marriage. Therefore, I agree that marriage works as a socially binding force since it has existed for so long. However, I cannot say how effective it has been on the happiness of the people involved now.
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Alizabeth Davis
Posted almost 3 years ago
Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized
The reason I wrote alive parenthetically was because I am referring to my definition of human life, as I expounded on in my reply to Linda III. Therefore, refer to my response to Linda III and your questions are answered. If a heartbeat is your definition of life and you have decided that it is wrong to cease the existence of anything with a heartbeat, how do you justify eating meat? Is it okay by your standards to abort an embryo in the first month or so of pregnancy when it doesn't have a heartbeat? I am rather insulted by your over-simplification of the stances of pro choice and pro life. I, and all other pro choice people I have met, am not for abortion. I do not like that abortions have to happen, but I believe in a woman's right to end a pregnancy (especially if it is done early). I believe preventing pregnancy is much better than aborting pregnancy. You can't say that something is 'definitely alive' to justify that something is alive, that doesn't make any sense. And just because you say it's an irrefutable fact doesn't make it so, that's not what a fact is. Also, typing in all caps doesn't make your point stronger.
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Alizabeth Davis
Posted almost 3 years ago
Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized
What about people who are brain dead? Do you think that they are 'alive'? By my definition, they are not. They are no longer aware, and I believe a significant form of awareness is necessary to being human. And just so people do not twist my words, I believe people such as autistics or those with Down's are aware. I believe a two-year-old is aware, along with infants and fetuses at a late stage of pregnancy. I wouldn't grieve over a miscarriage at 2 months pregnant, because it wasn't my daughter... it was what would have become my daughter... it doesn't seem that complicated to me. I am not so idiotic as to not believe something simply because I can't see though my abdominal wall. You can't use the justification that something is "living" to back up why it's alive. A fetus doesn't breathe as we know it, and definitely doesn't smile or stick out her tongue in a playful way. "The Culture of Death, enemies of Truth unto the bitter end"? okay...