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Firespirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 09:44 PM
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158. No, they don't
They want to protect the "unborn child." They couldn't give two shits about the woman.

I want to be sure we're on the same page with the definition of a "right." I do not think prostitutes should be jailed. I think they should have the legal "right" to do what they do. I would support decriminalization of it. But I do not support government sanction of it.

People are institutionalized for severe schizophrenia and other disorders that render them unable to perceive reality. That's it. Your "garden variety" depressive, bipolar, etc. people are not institutionalized, nor should they be. But these conditions and others do play havoc with their judgment.

An adult has the legal right to become an alcoholic, or to commit suicide. Ideally one should have the legal right to become addicted to marijuana or other drugs, and it's unfortunate that these behaviors result in jail time. But I do think that such destructive decisions should be prevented by social services whenever possible. I'm sorry that you disagree. But whether you like it or not, "leave people to exercise their right to harm themselves" is a libertarian philosophy.
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