posted on May, 13 2009 @ 12:00 PM
Yes, this may be sick in a way (or multiple ways)...
..but maybe, from a pragmatic point of view, we need to have a grey area in which we ourselves decide what the background for our decision is. Please
stick with me as I describe a mental experiment:
Imagine we would like to decline requests based on gender. We would have to test, for each request to abortion, what the motivation is (searching for
gender-based motivation). This may sound simple, but beware - you can't read people's minds. If they know their request will be declined if their
motivation is gender-based, they won't be honest about it. Instead, they would just say "we can't support another child in our life at the moment"
or any other politically correct statement, and that would be that. So obviously you can't get the information out of them if you're just asking.
In order to filter all requests for 'sick' reasons, you'd still need that information (from each request). You can't get it with a simple
question.. so you'd have to grill everyone. Some degree of grilling might be very reasonable to start with, but considering how incredibly easy it
would be to supply an 'alternate' motivation, you'd have to put the flames on level 11 to get some trustworthy answers.
When you start grilling people for abortion requests, all weird kind of interaction effects start taking place. For instance, insecure pregnant
teenagers might avoid the grilling to start with, and simply end up having a baby a decade or so too early in life.
P.S. In no way do I advocate gender-based abortion - I just think it's not a bad decision.