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Category: Life

Family, control

“Licences to have babies… is something that I got in trouble for some years ago for suggesting even in Canada that this might be necessary at some point, at least some restriction on the right to have a child.”

- Maurice Strong


Where is that Flag???

“Where is the g–dd-mn f–king flag? … I want the g–d-mn f–king flag up every f–king morning at f–king sunrise.”

- Hillary Clinton


Reagan Ignored Ghettos and Gays

“In the plague years of the 1980s — that low decade of denial, indifference, hostility, opportunism and idiocy — government fiddled and medicine diddled, and the media were silent or hysterical. A gerontocratic Ronald Reagan took this [AIDS] plague less seriously than Gerald Ford had taken swine flu. After all, he didn’t need the ghettos and he didn’t want the gays.”

- John Leonard


If he did die, more people would live

“I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”

–Discussing how a few commenters at a left-wing blog were upset that an attempt to kill Vice President Cheney in Afghanistan had failed

- Bill Maher


Humans don’t have a right to life until years after they’re born.

“[A]n organism possesses a serious right to life only if it possesses the concept of a self as a continuing subject of experiences and other mental states, and believes that it is itself such a continuing entity.”

- Michael Tooley


The unborn do not have a right to life.

“To a biologist, birth is as arbitrary a milestone as any other. . . . No, the right to life must come, the moral philosophers say, from morally significant traits that we humans happen to possess. One such trait is . . . an ability to reflect upon ourselves as a continuous locus of consciousness, to form and savor plans for the future, to dread death and to express the choice not to die. And there’s the rub: our immature neonates don’t possess these traits any more than mice do.”

- Steven Pinker , November 2, 1997.


It’s okay to kill disabled infants.

“When the death of a disabled infant will lead to the birth of another infant with better prospects of a happy life, the total amount of happiness will be greater if the disabled infant is killed. The loss of the happy life for the first infant is outweighed by the gain of a happier life for the second. Therefore, if the killing of the hemophiliac infant has no adverse effect on others it would . . . be right to kill him.”

- Peter Singer


Many human beings are expendable.

“The unadorned truth is that we do not need now, and will not need later, much of the marginal labor — the very young, the very old, the very uneducated, and the very stupid.”

- Margaret Mead


The value of animals and humans is equal.

“[T]he life of a fetus is of no greater value than the life of a nonhuman animal at a similar level of rationality, self-consciousness, awareness, capacity. to feel, etc., and that since no fetus is a person no fetus has the same claim to life as a person.”

- Peter Singer , 1993.


We should allow killing 3-day-old babies.

“I think we must reevaluate our basic assumptions about the meaning of life. Perhaps . . . no one should be thought of as alive until about three days after birth. . . . If a child were not declared alive until three days after birth, then all parents could be allowed the choice. . . . [T]he doctor could allow the child to die if the parents so choose and save a lot of misery and suffering.”

- James Watson , May 1973.