Questions (and Answers) for Pro-Choice Individuals

This year’s election saw the emergence of top-tier candidates, like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, who were willing to be open about the logical consequences of the increasingly standard pro-life position that a fertilized egg is equal to a baby. If a fertilized egg is a baby, then an abortion is murder, full stop. This includes the abortion given to an 11-year-old girl raped by her father. Most people, even those who claim to be “very pro-life,” usually support rape and incest exceptions to their position, because the idea of forcing a violated woman or girl to give birth against her will is too awful to contemplate.

The inherent contradiction is ripe for questioning, though, and pro-life politicians have come under some scrutiny by the press, who want to see how consistent their pro-life positions really are and whether they are willing to look into the camera and throw themselves off the political cliff… as Akin and Mourdock clearly did.

However, in a curious turn of events for liberals, pro-choice candidates are rarely questioned on their position. [Read more…]

Fundamentalist Christians and Anti-Vaxxers: A Toxic Combination

The anti-gay crusaders and Friendly Atheist stalkers at the Illinois Family Institute decided to try their hand at interpreting scientific papers, and the results are predictably disastrous. [Read more…]

Atheists Are Proof God Exists, Says Catholic Priest

If you spend any amount of time around the atheist community — on blogs, on videos, at in-person meet-ups, reading books, etc. — you quickly find that the arguments given in favor of the existence of a god tend to repeat themselves. I’m sure you’ve heard most of the following: There is a god because… [Read More…]

Judge Rejects Religious Objection For Maintaining Life Support For Abused Child

A judge in Edmonton (Alberta) has decided against saving the life of a two-year-old girl, over the objections of the parents. It sounds like the decree of a wicked judge, but there’s more nuance to this story. The girl’s parents stand accused of severely abusing both her and her twin sister. The extent of the [Read More…]

The Ultimate Pro-Life Status Symbol: A ‘Snowflake Child’

When you take an extreme position to its logical conclusion, very strange things can happen. Nowhere is this more evident than on the extreme end of the pro-life movement. We start with a premise: A fertilized egg is fundamentally equal to an infant. If you accept this premise fully, truly without reservations or cognitive dissonance, [Read More…]