Friday, April 30, 2010

Absurd logic from New York Times reporter

Charles Blow of The New York Times, makes a common but nonsensical argument in this column. He approvingly quotes a female state legislator who says (on the subject of abortion), "stand down if you don’t have ovaries.” Let's take this argument to the reductio ad absurdem. I propose that no Representative or Senator be allowed to vote on war matters if they are not eligible for military service. I also urge a revote of Prop 8 in California, the gay marriage initiative. Only gays should have been allowed to vote. If men cannot vote on abortion, surely they should not be allowed to vote on breast cancer funding, either. Also, no female legislator can vote on prostate cancer funding.

In fact, maybe only the fetus should vote on the abortion issue. They're the one most affected. OK, I'm being a little absurd now.

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