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Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arcus on Friday. 24 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 Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"I don't think I would really feel anything about it except for "you idiots". Unless you mean that the sound/sight of it is anti-social. It might be a bit messy but I don't think it's particularly loud or offensive to other…"
10 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"So taking the adult age as 18 we would attempt to protect a 17 year old by making drugs illegal for them but on their 18th birthday they are suddenly considered to have enough world knowledge and wisdom that of course they understand the…"
16 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"I'm in favour of legalisation of drugs, however I would want to see it go hand in hand with better drugs education. Maybe drugs education classes in school rather like sex education classes. The reason I say this is because I would be concerned…"
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Movie Kiss: Romance or Rape?'
"I don't want to fight Unseen's battles for him ;-) but I found the words: "the guy can't resist planting a heavy-duty open-mouthed kiss on the main female character" to be quite specific. It gave me enough information to…"
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Simon Mathews replied to Cato Rigas's discussion 'Why religion still makes sense in the 21st century human experience'
""That a particular specified event or coincidence will occur is very unlikely. That some astonishing unspecified events will occur is certain. That is why remarkable coincidences are noted in hindsight, not predicted with…"
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Movie Kiss: Romance or Rape?'
"A little tongue in cheek, but it might qualify: Indiana Jones "
yesterday
Arcus replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"There are already restrictions upon abortions (in Norway it's 12 weeks as per medical ethicists judgement). Don't see why using that limit would be an issue. After all, becoming a parent is a major decision, and as long as the expectation…"
Friday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"That is getting the government's foot in the door of a woman's womb (pardon the image). It's just what the pro-lifers want you to say. Saying that legal life begins at birth is a lot less arbitrary than a lot of other standards."
Friday
Arcus replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"Should it be illegal to poison babies or adults? I think it should be. Should it be illegal to poison unborn fetus? I think it should be too. If not, the legal line will be completely arbitrary; poisoning an unborn baby at 50 weeks would be legal…"
Friday
Belle Rose replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"You know how much I am "pro dads" Unseen....but what I'm saying is not even close to being an apples to apples comparison. Separating a mother from her newborn baby.....is much more traumatic. I feel a great deal of empathy for all…"
Friday
kris feenstra replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"I mean what I said. The direct cause of FAS is the alcohol (consumed by the mother). Many people who use heroin do no die, yet the direct cause of a fatal heroin overdose is heroin."
Friday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"While, of course, males can't get pregnant, incarceration can certainly sometimes lead to involuntary separation from their children. How much empathy should we feel for them and what should we be doing about it?"
Friday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"What do you mean by "direct result"? It certainly can't mean anything in a deterministic way because most women who imbibe during pregnancy do not produce FAS babies. By now, I think, most women have heard about abusive relationships…"
Friday
Belle Rose replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"I worked with female inmates. And there is nothing more heartbreaking than knowing they're about to have a baby and that they will be coming back to incarceration leaving the baby in the care of the state... Women who drink to excess or do…"
Friday
_Robert_ replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
" I am pro drunk drivers against mothers drinking"
Friday
kris feenstra replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?'
"No, we couldn't using the example provided (it's not mine). FAS is a direct result of the mother's actions. This isn't a judgment -- I don't know the woman's story or what the deal is, but it is just fact. I have no…"
Friday

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