Now here is an interesting debate that recently took place. First some brief facts …
- It’s a debate between two atheists: Matt Dillahunty and Kristine Kruszelnicki and was Titled “Secularists Should Not Support the Right To Abortion”.
- It starts off with an Introduction by Paul Cooper. He is the President Texas Freethought Convention (that is where this took place)
- It Moderated by Nick Lee … (he did a good job, basically he kept out-of-the-way and let them get on with it)
- Matt Dillahunty is the pro-choice party
- Kristine Kruszelnicki is the pro-life party supporting the motion.
Some additional notes
- Initially the audio is crap … but after about 1 minute, they have that sorted
- Video also has a few issues, takes them until about 6 mins-42 secs to sort that
OK, so what makes this interesting is that you have two atheists taking very different sides on a very contentious issue – abortion. Here we get to have a proper rational debate without the religious mumbo-jumbo being tossed in to muddy the waters. Tha’ts fine, because atheism is by itself simply a conclusion on just one topic, the god question, it says nothing at all about anything else, so it is to be expected that there will be a diversity of rather different views on other topics.
Best Question asked …
- At about 0:53 …to Kristine, “.. an abortion by your definition would be murder, so does that mean the 70% of pregnancies that end in a miscarriage, is that involuntary manslaughter?”
Best Comment from Audience
- PZ Myers leaps in at the end of the Q & A session at 1:07:00 … “I’ve heard Kristine assert several times that the embryo is fully human at fertilization. I’m in this field, and I haven’t gotten the memo …. have you talked to any modern developmental biologists? because I guarantee you that they will all say that your argument is full of shit“.
Ah yes, almost forgot, here it all is … 1 hour 14 mins long, but if it is a topic of interest, one that you have an open mind about, it is worth watching …
So having watched it all, I can say that I loved the debate. Kristine did a good job but in the end I come down on the side of Matt’s pro-choice as the one with the best arguments.