Monday, August 04, 2008

What is it they say about great minds?

Ramesh Ponnuru echoes some of my thoughts about William Saletan’s distaste for South Dakota’s informed consent law.
It’s actually a little hard to tease out Saletan’s argument. As far as I can make out, he has two objections to the word “separate” in the required message. First, he does not consider the embryo “separate” because, for example, it is implanted in and nourished by a mother’s womb. But obviously the word “separate” has multiple meanings; there is no contradiction or even tension in saying that an embryo is a being separate (=distinct) from the mother while also being within her.

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