The Michigan primary is today. I already voted Ron Paul via absentee ballot but we all know that he won’t win. Considering that Michigan’s delegates are assigned proportionally, however, its still important that he make as strong a showing as possible. As for who gets first, I’m hoping for a Santorum upset over Romney. I may not like Santorum (mostly due to his policies regarding torture and unjust war which are in contradiction with Church doctrine) but he sure beats having Obama-lite as the Republican alternative to Barrack Obama.
My running injuries are improving and I’m now cleared for 10 minute easy runs. Its not much compared to the “normal” 60 to 90 minutes runs I’m used to doing but after three weeks of nothing but the bike-machine I’ll take whatever I can get. Also, Friday’s rock climbing venture is quickly approaching and I’m very excited. Last Saturday I went to The Climbing Wall in Pittsburgh in order to get a feel for what rock climbing is actually like and it was a blast. Four hours of straight bouldering has left me wanting more. Seriously, how cool of a sport is this:
Unfortunately, the culture of death continues to spiral downward as Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, two ethicists from Australia, make the logical conclusion that if pre-birth abortion is okay then so is infanticide, or “after-birth abortions” as they’re calling it.
The two are quick to note that they prefer the term “after-birth abortion“ as opposed to ”infanticide.” Why? Because it “[emphasizes] that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus (on which ‘abortions’ in the traditional sense are performed) rather than to that of a child.” The authors also do not agree with the term euthanasia for this practice as the best interest of the person who would be killed is not necessarily the primary reason his or her life is being terminated. In other words, it may be in the parents’ best interest to terminate the life, not the newborns.
So, it has come to this. As horrific as this is, kudos to them for at least having the intellectual honesty to admit that no primary difference exists between the born and unborn – which is more than I can say for a recent reader who claimed that such a fundamental difference does exist in that a pre-born baby isn’t breathing but shortly after birth the newborn does, as if performing respirations were essential to the possession of human rights.
However, so as not to leave on such a somber note here’s a funny cartoon that I’ve recently really taken to heart: