Ted Vollers wrote:
The logic you use could just as easily be applied to post birth sex selection, so I think we still have some work to do to sort it out.
I see no basis for this statement in what I was describing. That it is a VR does not produce that as a logical result. It just explains the reality, as we would see it, for questions of 'personhood' and such for a fetus. No one is interrupting the life of an IUOC. We have no power here in PMR to do that in any case. The IUOCs, mother and eventually child, have the free will. The fetus is eventually an FWAU, once the IUOC is fully 'engaged'.
an immature mind could use the not fully engaged thing to justify infanticide should the birth of a child or its health or sex be inconvenient, as the IUOC is apparently not completely engaged until late infancy.
I believe the thoughtful female FWAU must consider that upon conception, an IUOC is partially engaged, and that this engagement process proceeds slowly, with a significant and decisive commitment of attention, albeit not complete, upon physical birth, notwithstanding the constraints of PMR law.
This points to abortion not being a trivial matter, there is indeed an "other" involved, and that best intent must be exercised to avoid pregnancies that cannot be accepted. At the time of Jesus, this could only be accomplished by abstinence, in the modern era it can be accomplished through safe sex.
Upon discovering a pregnancy, action must be taken as soon as possible to minimize inconvenience to the partially engaged IUOC, which is consistent with mainstream secular culture and how decent, thoughtful, sensitive people behave.
Although it is a VR, the awake are under advisement to behave as though it is true, as a constraint of being awake, so we should not drift into "its just a VR" thinking, which leans into nihilism as does "its just data" thinking.
Everything is different according to your innate level of quality. Some girls, upon learning they are pregnant, who may be blank slates as far as religious brainwashing, are simply incapable of having an abortion or giving up the child. And then there is the boy who was looking for a night of fun, who now finds he will become a father, which may be the last thing he wants.
By my observation, it is possible that on a fundamental level, a girl of especially low entropy may not be capable of an abortion, similar to a very low entropy person simply not being capable of eating meat as a matter of instinct - this is a dangerous combination if she is also lacking in self restraint and technical competence.
As always, screwing up leads to intensified learning at the soul level. How much learning do you want?