Category: Ethics

Pro choice paradox: why efforts to curb gender selective abortions are irrational

Note: this post discusses what I see as a logical paradox in the current debate about abortion as a means of gender selection. Full disclosure: I am personally pro life.

I’ve written before about the topic of gender selective abortion. In developing nations, the process of aborting a fetus (typically of a girl) based on gender is common. I read an interesting article this afternoon in the Montreal Gazette discussing how the practice is also becoming more common in North America among certain ethnic groups, while outlining different steps which the medical community has taken in an effort to curb this from happening.

The Gazette sites an editorial from the Canadian Medical Association Journal which urges doctors to wait until the pregnancy is at 30 weeks before they inform parents as to the gender of the fetus.

Oklahoma single mother kills intruder in self defense and why it shows the justification for capital punishment

Sarah McKinley, an 18 year old Oklahoma woman whose husband died from cancer on Christmas day found herself in a dangerous situation as two men (one of whom had a large hunting knife) tried to break into her house. When the first man finally broke in, Ms McKinley shot him.

Most people would agree that she was justified in her actions.

Justification for Favoring the Death Penalty and Being Pro Life

Read a couple of interesting articles last week in the Washington Post. Both discuss the death penalty. The first article, “Like Rick Perry, most ‘pro-life’ Americans OK with death penalty” looks at how politically conservative Americans are overwhelmingly pro-life, and also, overwhelmingly in favor of capital punishment.

The second article, titled “American Christians and the Death Penalty” is an opinion piece by the highly regarded British New Testament Scholar; N.T. Wright. Both articles attempt to point to a contradiction between holding a favorable view towards capital punishment while also being pro life.

Qualms With Gender Selection – a Pro-Choice Paradox

Note: this post discusses what I see as a logical paradox in the current debate about abortion as a means of gender selection. Pro-choice advocates who are of a utilitarian persuasion may disagree. This is more aimed towards pro choice libertarians. Full disclosure: I am personally pro life.