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Dan107 Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 7:36 AM
Denise, 84% of serial murders were raised by their natural parents? Shouldn't we be preventing the biological parent from raising their kids, then? What is wrong with you?
Denise67 Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 2:27 PM
Probably not many because this has been true since the phenomenon of serial murder was studied and before that was common. Both Berkowitz and Rifkin were adopted by married couples and neither was (as far as is known) abused by their adoptive families.
LongRifle Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 1:55 PM
And how many of the aforementioned 16% of adopted children were adopted by single parents.
Denise67 Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 8:22 AM
There are many things contributing to serial murder. Adoption is a factor but only one among many. Some factors we don't really know about. Many serial murderers were abused as children; some were not -- as far as is known but our information is of necessity incomplete.
The fact remains that adoptees are 2-3% of the population and 16% of serial murders so there is a strong statistical link.
Denise67 Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 8:19 AM
The point is that serial murderers are very DISPROPORTIONATELY likely to be adopted as are people who commit parricide. Adoption will always be necessary because, for example, mothers will die in childbirth. There is nothing wrong with pointing out horrors linked to adoption. This should act as a greater incentive to work to decrease unplanned pregnancies.
SterCrazy Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 7:54 AM
Actually, she states that 16% were adopted. She does not include statistics on the other 84%. What percentage of them were raised by a single parent? How many had divorced parents? How many had multiply divorced parents? How any were abused by non-married partners? How many were abused by adoptive parents?

Child development is a complicated thing and not easily dissected. Separation from a parent - through death, divorce, or adoption all induce trauma that can take many years to be be known. It took me nearly 30 years to figure out what effects my parents divorce had on me and how that have crippled me in some areas.

All this reinforces the importance of a stable, loving, two-parent household for raising children.
Recently, a student asked me whether I had a right to speak out on abortion given that I am a man and could never experience pregnancy. I countered by asking him whether arguments have testicles. The question drew laughter from other students who were listening to the exchange. But my point was serious and worth addressing at length.

The idea that men are ineligible to speak out on abortion has at least six flaws, each of which should be understood and articulated by men who desire to speak on the issue. Those argumentative flaws follow in no particular order of importance:...

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