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Declaration of Sentiments

I think we end up talking risk.

I'm quite pro-life. But if a pregnancy threatened my life, I'd weigh the odds and choose. The odds I'd weigh are different now that I have children and feel the need to be around for their development. I know that the pro-life camp likes to talk about the extreme rarity of such a choice, but they're part of the mix.

Who gets to decide what odds are moral? For me, that's the question.

Frankly, I don't trust women. Neither do I trust government.

I don't trust women because we seem pretty eager to abrogate one of the few inherent power positions we have -- the power over our small children and fetuses. We demand protection from those who are typically stronger than us -- men -- while refusing to demand of ourselves the same moral code. It reminds me of one of the grievances listed in the Women's Declaration of Sentiments: He has created a false public sentiment by giving to the world a different code of morals for men and women, by which moral delinquencies which exclude women from society, are not only tolerated but deemed of little account in man.

If men cannot morally or legally harm or kill those who are weaker and dependent on them, how do women get to do so? (The analogy may be stretched, but how many of the cases of lethal domestic violence includes evidence that the woman didn't leave because she felt dependent -- didn't know how she and her children would get by without him. And how is this so different from a fetus who can't get by without the stronger body of its mother.)

I fear a whole bunch of women are failing to live up the ideals of their own declaration of independence. We don't get to throw out the life-and-death power we hold simply because we're the weaker sex. As the Declaration of Sentiments states, "...we insist that [women] have immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of these United States." That means we demand the right to the legal admission of our sex's power to kill and the moral equality to be judged by law accordingly.

Drat, wish I had time to work this our more. Dinner's ready. I'll try to come back to it. I'd appreciate other women's perspective on this line of reasoning, however halfbaked.