Originally posted by normbenign
Your two examples fail. Tooth decay and auto accidents are destructive accidents, which happen despite care to avoid them. Child bearing is a natural, and sought after part of life. Now it is true that in the modern world we have greater control and choice of when children are conceived, but a child is never "tooth decay" or an "injury" caused by an ac ...[text shortened]... y seem silly, but if they work for the people living there, who am I to demand they be repealed.
"Tooth decay and auto accidents are destructive accidents, which happen despite care to avoid them"
some pregnancies are also accidents which happen despite care to avoid them (condoms not working or when asking a rapist not to rape her fails to convince him)
"Child bearing is a natural, and sought after part of life. "
except the cases where it is not sought after
"but a child is never "tooth decay" or an "injury" caused by an accident."
except, again, in the case of rape. or the trivial cases of not wanting to get pregnant.
"It is the natural consequence of sexual activity"
humans have sexual activity for entertainment. it is quite legal, people are allowed to do that. when protection is used, pregnancy is not a natural consequence of sexual activity. it is an unwanted side effect. that's why protection was used.
"It is the natural consequence of sexual activity, and modern contraception methods ought to all but eliminate the need for abortions. "
yet they don't
"On your second point, I was not making a case for anything but personal choice, along with its colleague personal responsibility."
it is a personal choice to have an abortion. therefore it shouldn't be restricted for random reasons.
" Even despotic monarchs saw the benefits of having local officials deciding local issues."
abortion is not a local issue. how the hollywood sign should be iluminated is a local hollywood issue. the proper way to wax surfboards is a local hawaii issue.
"Counties do in fact enact their own laws already"
as long as they are not changing federal laws.