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  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:49 p.m.

    If a person is "pro-choice," then he should be in favor of individual choice across the board. Including the choice (for instance) of a baker to decline to supply a wedding cake to a gay wedding.

    If that is not true of you, then you are not "pro-choice." You are only pro- one particular choice, which (for some reason) you are too timid to name.

    Be honest with yourself, and us.

  • USU-Logan Logan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    @sukiyhtaky

    FYI, Ms. Isobel Hawking's son, Dr. Stephen Hawking is a world famous scientist and has made tremendous contribution to our society. Very few people, even without any disability at all, can achieve his accomplishments.

    Ms. Isobel Hawking could not be more proud of her son.

    You comment is meaningless.

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    I would have relished hearing a conversation between Dawkins and Isobel Hawking had she had previous knowledge of what her son was to develop and endure had he given her the same advice and how he would have justified it to her or Stephen.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    "So why does anyone, especially the DN editors, care what Richard Dawkins thinks?"

    Because Dawkins is endemic of the hate that permeates the abortion industry.

    Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger, a eugenics zealot who advocated abortion as a way to eliminate undesirable populations (disabled, minorities, homosexuals). PP still disproportionately aborts minority children. Such hate continues with vicious attitudes that assume that the child has NO rights or value; by people who refuse to consider that there is a point that a child can survive outside the womb. Because acknowledging anyone else is heresy to female supremacists who feign perpetual victimhood as an excuse for rationalizing unconscionable perpetration.

    The abortion industry not only deserves to be labeled disgusting when they advocate late term abortions, but also when they oppose legitimate laws designed to prohibit abortion based upon gender or race. Gay fundamentalists, who are convinced that homosexuality is genetic, are just plain dumb for siding with feminist bigots who advocate unrestricted, unquestioned abortion.

    Ironically: Abortion extremists that oppose any and all restrictions on abortion are the same people who fostered the legal environment that allowed Kermit Gosnell to butcher women in unsanitary, and unregulated clinics. Feminists hate women.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Mr. Dawkins has sparked a conversation with his comments. Frankly, I'd have been surprised if his opinion was different. He's an evolutionary biologist. However, part of the problem with a philosophical discussion like this is that, in Utah, it never makes it past abortion. Here, since abortion is taboo under any circumstances, the rest of the conversation is irrelevant. And that's where we drop the ball. For instance, what kind of support are we, as a society, willing to offer in the way of assistance for this individual and their caregivers? Not much, judging by what I read in this publication. Nothing in the way of health care, that's for sure. We've convinced ourselves that's the 'moral' thing to do. It's the magic of religion as an enabler, it needn't bode any further discussion.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    @ 2 bits

    Agreed - it isn't a black/white issue and the factors involved in the decision differ from case to case. Yet anti-choice proponents presume to know what this decision should be and, among the most extreme, the answer is indeed black/white.

    But isn't there a conflict of interest at play for those with religious objections? Don't they risk being on the wrong side of their god's judgment if they don't behave as required, i.e., they must both personally object and work to "save" their society too? Where this is the belief, how do we distinguish between true conviction and saving one's own skin? How can one truly know in the presence of a threat?

    I don't believe in gods and I choose life. I think we should do everything we can to minimize the need for abortions. The fact remains, however, that there always will be a need. If we respect the notion of religious freedom, aren't we obligated to allow people in this situation to apply their beliefs as they see fit? Or are some afraid NOT to interfere because of the implications for themselves?

  • Pops NORTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    We don't know when life begins. It's obviously somewhere between conception and birth inclusively. We don't know the answer, and I'm pretty sure it's unknowable. There are only two clear and obvious boundaries in the matter: conception and birth. Anything in between is a gray area. So the question is this: do we err on the side of preserving life, or do we err on the side of destroying life? How we choose defines who we are.

  • The Wraith Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 12:24 a.m.

    I will first state that I support abortion rights and that like Richard Dawkins I am an atheist. However I would also like to ask that people do not judge all of atheism by Dawkins. It's true that he is a loud voice in the atheist community but he has many, many detractors in the community as well. Some of his past comments make this look rather tame and there are many, many atheists who have called him on his garbage.

    As the parent of a child with Down syndrome (we did not know until she was born but it wouldn't have mattered for my wife and I as we would have kept her no matter what) I have been worried by the increased rate of abortion for babies with Down syndrome. And contrary to what many are saying here the vast majority of those aborting these children are Christian. But the desire to have "perfect" kids is very powerful in our society. This is sad for me and what Dawkins said sickens me; but he isn't really the problem. The problem is fear of anything not perfect.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)

    Just as God knew Jeremiah before he was conceived, God knew each of us before we were born. He also knows all of the innocent, precious babies who've been butchered through abortions. The fact that we celebrate this evil confirms our fallen condition.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:29 p.m.

    @J Thompson

    I stand corrected on the absolute number of Downs Syndrome births, though the picture is somewhat muddled.

    According to a journal about Prenatal testing, more women are having the Downs Syndrome prenatal test, and there has been a slight increase in the number of women who get a positive test result (ie, their fetus has Downs Syndrome) and who elect to give birth anyway, though the percentage of those who terminate is somewhere between 60 and 90%, meaning the introduction of testing has resulted in many abortions.

    More women are electing to have children later in life, which increases the chances of Downs Syndrome, and there are more Hispanic births, with significant portions of those women not getting prenatal testing.

    So, the net result is a small increase in the number of Downs Syndrome births, over all, but also an increase in the number of terminations of Downs Syndrome pregnancies, since prenatal testing has been occurring.

    Support programs and options for women who do have Downs Syndrome children have improved, so it is not as difficult as it previously was to raise a child with DS.

    Certainly not a simple issue.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:18 p.m.

    According to the CDC, which ABC News quoted on December 1, 2009, Down Syndrome births are UP sharply since 1979. They reported a 31% increase in babies born with Down Syndrome. The December 1, 2009 report reversed a November 2, 2009 ABC News report that told us that Down Syndrome births were down.

    The CDC tracks that kind of information. It would have accurate records.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:09 p.m.

    ECR,

    I agree we should not give a platform to the "narcissistic loud mouths of the world" but Dawkins already has a platform - and a pretty big one. He has just over a million followers on Twitter.

    If he were just anyone, then I would agree that ignoring him might well be the best way to go. But that is simply not the case.

    He already has a huge megaphone. When he uses it to make highly objectionable statements such as this, he deserves to be blown back - hard.

  • K_ANN Palatka, FL
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:05 p.m.

    "In most circumstances, the idea of the slippery slope is an intellectually lazy way to use fear of extremes to cast doubt on more moderate stances" Umm, in the author's opinion perhaps but extreme views are seldom accepted outright; but like the frog in the boiling water can arrive unnoticed when accomplished by degree. Mr. Dawkins is an aggressively hostile atheist his opinion is not surprising.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    Richard Dawkins is part of the elitist group that thinks religion is for the weak and that everyone should bow to their superior intellect.

    I find his comments shallow and lacking basic human concepts of love and compassion.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    This debate is interesting, but it's mostly just an academic exercise, because the numbers of children born with Downs Syndrome has dropped dramatically.

    In other words, what Dawkins suggested is already being widely practiced.

    For those who disagree with Dawkins' suggestion, you'd probably be better served to try and outlaw prenatal tests, since people (evidently) can't be trusted with the test results.

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 2:34 p.m.

    Since nobody else has, I guess I will ask it (rhetorically speaking)....

    What if Dawkins' mother had made the choice being proposed by Dawkins (assuming that the means were available to detect his handicaps prenatally)?

    Kinda get the feeling that Dawkins may harbor some resentment. Quite a paradox, really.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 2:08 p.m.

    @marxist

    Re: "Pro Choice simply asserts that women are sovereign over their own bodies"....

    Yes but it also asserts that women are sovereign over the bodies they may create. That's the problem. There are TWO bodies to be considered now, not just hers.

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    Re: "Traditionally a female goes from being her father's property to being her husbands property"...

    Seriously? That's how you see it?? We're talking about women in America you know...

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    Re: "So what about a situation where sex is forced on a woman"...

    That is a different topic. We are talking about CHOOSING to abort a child you conceived intentionally, and try again... because it has a syndrome (read the letter).

    We can save your tangent for another day. I think you will find most people are not as entrenched as you think when rape is involved. I know the Utah GOP platform gives an exception for that. The National GOP platform doesn't say a rape victim can't make that choice as well.

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    Maybe it's not quite as black-and-white as you think...

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    RE: Karen R "Did Prof. Dawkins offer his justification for why he believes it would be immoral to carry a fetus with Down's Syndrome to term?"

    I too am interested in Dawkins justification. For the record I would have a hard time deciding to terminate. Since the woman's body is being used, I think the woman has the ultimate decision to make, with advice to be sure, but the decision is hers.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Aug. 29, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    Did Prof. Dawkins offer his justification for why he believes it would be immoral to carry a fetus with Down's Syndrome to term? I have been unable to find this and would be curious to hear his reasoning. I can't fathom it myself. I do agree with the position of the Down's Syndrome Association quoted in a UK source in response to this story:

    “At the Down’s Syndrome Association we do not believe Down’s syndrome in itself should be a reason for termination, however we realise that families must make their own choice."

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    Again... why does anybody care what this guy tweets???

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    Now let's consider what Dawkins said "Abort it and try again," he counseled. “It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

    There is a social context here. If the pregnancy was in France where there is an elaborate network supporting pregnant and birthing moms that would be one thing, but if we are talking about the United States where health care support is stingy and vengeful (like Utah) then I think Dawkins advice is pretty good advice.

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 1:05 p.m.

    Some of you seem to think that before abortion was legal there were no abortions. Or that making abortion illegal will stop abortions. There have been abortions as long as women have been becoming pregnant.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    @2bits
    There were other limits in that Texas bill Wendy was filibustering that would've (and have) resulted in around half of Texas clinics shutting down (since the legislature passed it later in another special session). It wasn't just about the matter of a 20 week limit though courts have struck down those types of bans too.

    Mississippi set up its own trap law to try and force the last provider in the state to shut down but the courts struck that down because it'd have eliminated legal abortion in the state.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    When is a human viable? After college graduation? After working thirty years in the job force? After raising children? When can we say that that person's life has fulfilled its purpose?

    Surely we don't kill babies because they can't talk or toddlers bcause they can't build a house. What should be our expectations for unborn babies? Should our only concern be whether we want to be "bothered" with a baby? Should every Tom, Dick and Harry become a judge with authority to destroy life? Is that what we want in society?

    Killing an unborn baby is not a small thing, whether it happens on the day of conception or weeks later. That unborn baby in on its way through mortalilty; it just hasn't developed to the point that it can act on its own, and it will not develop to that point for about 20 years. Using the logic of those who think lightly of destroying life, any person who cannot completely care for himself is a candidate for extinction.

    A moral and just society must expect its members to respect life - from conception on.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Aug. 29, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    @L White – “Would a moral nation destroy its unborn babies?”

    But this is the whole point of the debate - at what point does it make sense (logically & scientifically) to refer to a fetus as a baby? The rhetoric from the Religious Right assumes (by their ubiquitous use of the word “babies”) this is already a given, but for millions (even most) Americans it is not.

    If you want to say after many weeks of development in the womb it is a baby, fine. But if you are going claim that status for a blastocyst, it is fair to ask on what grounds you make this claim.

    A 3 day old blastocyst is ~150 cells, which may sound like a lot but is over 99,000 LESS cells than the brain of a fly. Are you as troubled by swatting a fly as you would be using the morning after pill? If not, why not?

    @Mike Richards

    It’s disappointing that rather than engage in conversation you chose make abstract and non-sequitur speeches (there was a good article just the other day in DN on this very trait).

  • USU-Logan Logan, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    In a complicated situation like this, it should be the decision of pregnant woman and her doctor, not the decision of Mr. Dawkins nor big government's.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    Twin Lights - I certainly don't disagree with the point you have made. You are obviously more aware of Mr. Dawkins' fame than I am (I had to Google his name to learn more.) I guess my point is that when we give notoriety to the narcissistic loud mouths of the world, regardless of what side of the political spectrum they come from, aren't we just doing exactly what they want us to do? I agree that extremism needs to be met with full force in the name of moderation but it seems like sometimes just ignoring that extremism might be the best way to silence it.

    Of course, as I write those words I agree they sound silly and illogical. But it remains a dilemma...at least for me.

  • L White Springville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    Who had a choice? Did the 55,000,000 unborn babies who were aborted have a choice? When did they get to speak? Who represented them?

    My hubby did a little checking for me. He said that the average number of live births per year in America, starting with 1976 and ending in 2013, was about 3,800,000. So, 37 times 3.8 million is about 140.6 million babies born. There was one abortion for every 2.5 live births!

    Then my hubby did a little more research and found that only about 6% of pregnancies are "high risk" where either the baby or the mother could be at risk. So for the approximately 200 million women who were pregnant during that time, only about 12 million would be in the "high risk" category. That means that 43,000,000 babies were aborted where there was no medical "high risk" reason to destroy that unborn baby.

    Who spoke for those babies? Did they have a lawyer represent them?

    Would a moral nation destroy its unborn babies?

  • snatick Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    I agree with the basic premise that Richard Dawkins' tweet was appalling. I don't understand, however, the assertion that he's talking from the "bottom of the slippery slope." I see no express assertion by him for or against abortion. Certainly I see no slippery slope argument being asserted.

    The discussion of a slippery slope is confusing and misses the bigger point: that what his deplorable position actually reveals, apparently unwittingly, is a deeply troublesome aspect of current American law: that a person could electively abort an unwanted child for essentially any reason. Nothing in the laws prevents that—for the price of a genetic test, a couple could take the steps he promotes.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Re: OHBU "Many believe using condoms to be immoral because it destroys sperm. There is some Biblical justification for this point of view (Gen 38:9)..."

    In fact in Bible times was it not believed that the entire human being was in the male seed? In that scenario the woman was essentially just a flower pot. So spilling one's male seed on the ground was literally taking life.

    We now understand that half of a new life comes from the woman. But we are slow to understand that women have rights equal to men. A lot of our social conflict centers on this fact.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    The typical DN reader would learn an enormous amount by reading one of Dawkins' books.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:04 a.m.

    There is no question that Hitler would agree with Mr. Dawkins. He is putting himself in good company.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    Pro Choice simply asserts that women are sovereign over their own bodies. This has been a long time in coming. Traditionally a female goes from being her father's property to being her husbands property. Many still think this (this is stridently the view in Islam).

    So what about a situation where sex is forced on a woman, in or out of marriage? This is rape, and in that case a woman has a right to abort a pregnancy which results.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    ECR, 2 Bits, and Tyler D,

    People care about Dawkins because he is a constant (shrill) voice against those who hold a religious opinion.

    He certainly does not represent all atheists but he certainly does speak for some. Irrespective of that, when someone of his stature speaks something so abhorrent, it should be noted and spoken against.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    Mike,

    You say destroy other lives, I say prevent lives from even beginning. In other words, they are not a human being in the early stages of pregnancy. They have to potential to become so, naturally, but that doesn't mean they are. You are ignoring the fact that you too are making a determination at which point you are satisfied that they are human. Many believe using condoms to be immoral because it destroys sperm. There is some Biblical justification for this point of view (Gen 38:9). Each use of a condom destroys, on average, 180 million potential lives. Many believe that only to be the seed, and it's not a human until the egg is fertilized. For me, a seed is not a tree. A seed placed in the ground is not a tree. It's not a tree until it sprouts into one. A fetus which lacks the possibility to live outside the mother, regardless the intervention, is a part of the mother's body, not an independent life.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    Isn't it interesting that those who were allowed to live now choose to destroy other lives that are coming to earth. Who gave them that "right". The Constitution, if we believe the same-sex "marriage" crowd, tells us that we are all equal and that we must be treated equally. Surely destroying a life is not treating that person equally, especially when that person has done nothing wrong, nothing against society, except to accept the invitation offered to come to earth.

    What kind of barbarians has society become when people think that they can kill whomever they wish as long as they "say" that the life is inconsequential? Who made that life inconsequential? Did our Creator, who made all things so that life could exist, or did some of the people on this earth who have taken to themselves the role of judge, jury and executioner?

    We look with disgust at societies that destroyed those whom they thought inferior, including the NAZIs. How will our society be judged when we are shown to have allowed over 55,000,000 of the unborn in America to be destroyed?

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    Mike,
    "Many families have faced that possibility, including ours. We choose to NOT abort."

    Here's a point many on the right ignore...the pro-choice crowd absolutely supports you in that decision. You even referenced choice. Pro-choice advocates don't mean you SHOULD abort when the mother's health is at risk, but that she should have the right to do so.

    Abortion really boils down to the same thing all laws boil down to: When you have two people's rights clash where granting to one diminishes the other, there must be a compromise. Here, the baby and the mother are those two people. Why is the mother not "innocent"? If a mother gets pregnant, only to find out 4 weeks later that her life is at serious risk and the baby is unlikely to survive, why should be we deny her the right to survive?

    The compromise was reached in Roe v Wade where abortion was granted up until the point it was deemed the baby was viable outside the womb--that being the determination that it was a fully-formed human being.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    Tyler,

    Re: "Now which side do you think will oppose this vehemently?"... (limiting abortion to somewhere between 7 and 20 weeks)...

    Your question has already been answered!

    2013... Texas tried to limit some abortions after 20 weeks ("20 weeks" is a more palatable way of saying a "5 month old", just 3 months from full term).

    Remember the excessive response from Planned Parenthood, Abortion Advocates, and Democrats nationwide? It lead national news for weeks!

    Remember beautiful blond layer Wendy Davis?

    "On June 25, 2013, Davis held an eleven-hour-long filibuster to block Senate Bill 5, a measure which included more restrictive abortion regulations for Texas. The filibuster played a major role in Senate Democrats' success in delaying passage of the bill beyond the midnight deadline for the end of the legislative session".

    She became a Democrat HERO for her filibuster. (note: Republicans who filibusters are villains... Democrats who filibuster are heros) anyway... she became an overnight sensation for her filibuster. Now she's running for Governor of Texas. Some want her to run for PRESIDENT!

    There were no protests from the right....

    It happened!

    It answers your question, "Who would oppose this vehemently"??

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    @Mike Richards – “If we used your logic…”

    Mike, my logic was all about not going down any slippery slopes, which again was the (disingenuous) point of the article. Going from a fetus still developing a brain stem, limbs, organs, etc. to terminating toddlers is a place you went to all on your own.

    Your point seems to suggest that we cannot draw any lines on this issue, yet our entire legal framework is built on the fact that we draw legal lines all the time (e.g., under 65mph legal, over 65mph illegal).

    So let me ask you a question – when does a soul enter a body? Does that happen at the moment of conception or at some point in fetal development?

    Also, please tell us how you would force mothers to carry all pregnancies to term, especially early on? If they used, for example, the morning after pill do you advocate prison terms for this offense?

    These questions become increasingly relevant as medical technology continues to make birth control and early term abortions easier to obtain all the time.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Mike, you have your opinion and you have a right to it and to express it. In perspective however you are the right slippery slope I talked about.

    "God decides whom to send." I absolutely disagree with this as do many (millions) of others. Therefore in terms of public policy my opinion and the millions of other like me count as much as yours. Therefore in the course of policy discussion we, as the citizens of the United States get to decide at what point a fetus should be protected. If that has eternal consequences so be it, I doubt it though.

    The fact of the matter is we have had that discussion and it resides in Roe v Wade. 26 weeks is the standard. At the same time there is nothing in the law that requires you or your family to abort a fetus at any stage. So if you think it's wrong and has eternal consequences don't.
    Many of us don't.

    Now if you can prove that God exists and that the single agreed upon God has spoken in terms procreation policy, I'm all ears.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    Tyler D,

    A human being is teachable until he reaches teenage years, but until he is about four, he doesn't have enough "skills" to comprehend much. His vocabulary is too small. His frame of reference is too limited. If we used your logic, it would be permissible to terminate life whenever YOU have decided that that person doesn't "qualify" for life. How about the aged? With a glut of "baby-boomers", at what age would you give them the dreaded "pink pill" to terminate their lives, after all, we can't have anyone around that inhibits our idea of a perfect and pleasurable life.

    When a woman has consented to sex (not rape and not incest), a pregnancy should not be terminated. I know that some would say that when the health of the mother is in question, that abortion is allowable. Many families have faced that possibility, including ours. We choose to NOT abort. A innocent life must never be destroyed because we are too involved in our own life to care about those who are the most innocent among us.

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    From an evolutionary biology point of view, where you are are talking about genetic traits becoming more common in the species over time, his statement probably makes sense.

    To people dealing with real life, it doesn't.

    He's entitled to express his opinion. The rest of us are entitled to ignore him.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Aug. 29, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    @pragmatistferlife – “the right hand slope is up, greased, fully functioning.”

    Thanks for adding some accurate perspective to a topic that typically has none.

    And to ECR’s point, I think the whole reason for printing the article (despite the faux-protestations of the 1st two paragraphs) is to give justification for this extremism on the Right.

    But if we take those two paragraphs seriously (even when the author does not) we should recognize that this issue will never go away if the extremists remain the only voices at the table. We could end this issue (at least being a hot button perpetual political issue) once and for all if a reasonable compromise we’re enacted into law.

    How about this – pick a time period when a fetus develops most of the characteristics of being a person, say somewhere between 7 and 20 weeks, and make abortion illegal for any time after that (life of mother exceptions, etc…) - prior to that it is between the parents and their doctor.

    Now which side do you think will oppose this vehemently? And so this issue will never go away until all blastocysts are issued social security cards.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    Who the heck is Richard Dawkins?... and why does ANYBODY care what HE says?

    It's his opinion. Just because he thinks it... doesn't mean we have to do it!

    Do we just follow Evolutionary Biologists, or other people who tell us it's OK to abort your babies???

    I mean it may make you feel more OK about your decision to hear that other people agree that you should abort... but I doubt anybody's going to go out and get an abortion because this guy (who evidently has some clout in some circles) said to.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    Do we choose for ourselves the terms and conditions for giving life? Will we find that it is ethical to abort female babies or male babies? Will we find that is is ethical to abort a baby that doesn't have blue eyes, or brown or hazel? What are the conditions that we will accept as being the "perfect" baby?

    Mankind has only been given the option to invite children into the world through the creative act. God decides whom to send. Each person has infinite worth. Each person has a purpose and a mission. The world needs every type of person to soften us, to teach us to care for those who are not "perfect", to remind us that some have physical flaws that handicap them, but that all of us have hidden flaws that handicap our eternal progression.

    We need to deal with life as it is, not as we wish it were. Babies are precious and they should all be treated as gifts from God.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    Personally I think the point of abortion rights is that a woman gets to choose for or against such actions herself within limits.

    That's his opinion, probably wouldn't be mine carte blanche.

    To the point of the article though, the voice of the other end of the slippery slope no choice at all is in full throttle in America. Personhood amendments, and legal regulations on providers are rampant.

    You find one voice on the left and sound the alarm while casually mentioning two slopes, when in fact the right hand slope is up, greased, fully functioning.

    It's like when the media has a discussion regarding climate change with one supporter and one nay sayer, when in fact it should be 97 supporters and one nay sayer.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Aug. 29, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    So why does anyone, especially the DN editors, care what Richard Dawkins thinks? Why was this incident or opinion, of all the opinions across the country, highlighted for an editorial essay?

    Mr. Dawkins obviously has a different set of standards to live by than most of the readers of the DN, or not. So why use this page to highlight his opinion rather than just ignore it and not publicize it. How many of the readers of the DN would have even known about his tweet had it not been highlighted in this essay?