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Choice still matters

Terrance at The Republic of T. writes what I feel is a very compassionate and respectful post about the narrowing choices for terminating a pregnancy:

Intentionally Choosing

As I said in my response, I am appalled by the Supreme Court’s ruling, not only because of the specific issue involved, but also because of the larger issue of interference in practitioner-patient decisions. Reducing the autonomy of the doctor and the patient in determining what is best for the well-being and health of the individual limits health care options, rather than expanding them, and in life-and-death decisions, I know I'd want all the latitude possible to make the best decision for myself and those I love.

I had to include this bit from Kennedy that just drips with paternalistic condescension:
In describing the federal law’s justifications, Justice Kennedy said that banning the procedure was in fact good for women, protecting them against terminating their pregnancies by a method they might not fully understand in advance and would come to regret later.

Oh, thank you, Great Daddy Justice, for protecting wittle me from my own health decisions that I'm clearly not capable of making for myself as an autonomous, rational adult.*eye roll*



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Apr. 20th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hey there, sorry to leave this here but I don't have a contact email address for you.

I know you're a Lord of the Rings fan and wanted to ask if you were going to be playing LOTRO? If you are and you're planning on going to DC this year I'm on a panel about it on the Tolkein Track and were feeling out other potential folks who may make good panelists as well.

Just shoot me an email at streamweaver@mindspring.com if you have any thoughts on the topic. Hope you are well.
Apr. 21st, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Hey, there! Very thoughtful of you to consider me -- thank you very much -- and congratulations on the panel in the Tolkien track! I have no plans to attend Dragon*Con this year, nor in the foreseeable future.

It's unlikely that I'll try LOTRO for two reasons. Although I liked the character builder (I looked over D.'s shoulder when he was in the stress test), I know myself well enough to know that I can't divide myself between two MMOs, and I'm still very much committed to Warcraft. I've also had reservations from the start about any Lord of the Rings-based MMO, not because of the quality of the game, but because of the players. Call me an anal-retentive purist who maybe needs to relax a little bit, but I'd just prefer not to have the world of the scholar who cared so very much about language polluted with "PL plz?" It may sound odd, but I just don't want to contaminate my experience with the books and movies in that way. I'm strange, I know. :)
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