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Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Mathews on Tuesday. 10 Replies

A test case is currently on-going in the UK whereby lawyers acting on behalf of a…Continue

Tags: rights, human, alcohol, pregnancy

Gun control laws - safer or more dangerous?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Nov 11. 107 Replies

Rather than re-hash all the general arguments for and against gun control, I am interested in people's personal experiences/views about whether gun control laws would make them feel more or less…Continue

Tags: government, safety, policy, crime, law

Is free will compatible with determinism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Oct 12. 146 Replies

I recently read a book called Freedom Evolves by the philosopher Daniel Dennett. In it, he puts…Continue

Tags: cognition, dualism, philosophy, materialism, will

Do the "New Atheists" have the right approach?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nerdy Keith Sep 2. 4 Replies

By New Atheists I mean figures such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss and the late Christopher Hitchens.The thing that characterises these people for me is their combative and sometimes…Continue

Tags: dawkins, atheists, new

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Simon Mathews replied to Logicallunatic's discussion 'Marriage makes women fat?'
"Word up!"
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Logicallunatic's discussion 'Marriage makes women fat?'
"So you've picked an uncontroversial topic then? There is so much wrong with this post I don't know where to start. Firstly the study did not mention the number one reason why women put on weight which is pregnancy and breast-feeding. I…"
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"You're right. Once you let the floodgates open..."
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Pandora's Promise — Reconsidering nuclear power'
"Yep, head-burying... it's never solved any problems and it never will."
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Pandora's Promise — Reconsidering nuclear power'
"Don't get me wrong, whatever contribution can be made by solar and wind technology I'm all for. I just think we shouldn't eliminate another option from the table for the wrong reasons. Let's not be irrationally fearful but…"
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Pope admits that God is not omnipotent and Big Bang and evolution are real... (WTF!)'
"Hi Dr. Bob, I've read a few of your replies here and elsewhere and they are intelligent and sensible. You wrote earlier on this thread that "we" wrote the Bible (by which I take it you meant people rather than God). Is that not…"
Tuesday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"I'll turn it around for you. Where does it stop? A pregnant woman engaging in off-roading? Sailing across the Atlantic? Being obese? Marrying an abuser?"
Monday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Pandora's Promise — Reconsidering nuclear power'
"I find the resistance to nuclear power as an option annoying particularly when it is based on nothing more than some vague feeling that nuclear = dangerous. I sometimes wonder if people subconsciously think of bombs as soon as the nuclear word is…"
Monday
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"There is research to suggest that stress during pregnancy also causes problems for the unborn baby so I think you're right... let's try and help instead."
Monday
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"You're right that no retrospective punishment will help the child, so the only purpose would be to act as a deterrent I suppose. I'm not convinced it would work."
Monday
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"I agree it's the thin end of the wedge, but could you define the cut-off point by law the same as for abortion?"
Monday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"Should it be criminalized? No because it's the camel's nose under the tent for anti-abortion legislation and other invasive GOP agendas. Should children be able to sue their mother for damages under civil (vs. criminal) law? There's…"
Monday
Elijah Coleman replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"Some thoughts on the criminalization of pregnant drinking... - Incarcerating the mother would in no way help the child. Unless it is deemed necessary to remove the child from the home, which is already a law, then there can be further action taken…"
Monday
Belle Rose replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"No it should not be a crime. This would make the problem worse. Mandatory inpatient rehabilitation would be a good solution... Besides, locking a woman up does not prevent her access to drugs and alcohol. Anyone heard of hooch? HELLO!!!! Pregnant…"
Sunday
Freek replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"This is a double-edged sword, as any claims towards poisoning (of a fetus) will strengthen the case against abortion; if it is illegal to poison them, it will certainly be illegal to outright destroy them. I assume that thr pro-life movement will…"
Sunday
Ed replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"Is it poisoning? Late 3rd trimester I would have a hard time saying no since the fetus is certainly viable.  Should it be criminal? Tough question. If a woman has every intention of carrying a fetus to term she should accept the responsibility…"
Nov 13

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