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  1. https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/21/opinions/alabama-supreme-court-fetal-embryo-personhood-abortion-ziegler/index.html The Alabama Supreme Court agreed that the embryos were persons. The court pointed to a 2018 ballot measure that recognized fetuses as persons under state law. “The People of this State,” the court explained, “have adopted a Constitutional amendment directly aimed at stopping courts from excluding ‘unborn life’ from legal protection.” It did not matter to the court that the embryos were frozen and not yet implanted in the uterus. In a concurring opinion, Chief Justice Tom Parker suggested that divine law — which, he claimed, had been embraced by the people of Alabama — supported the court’s conclusion. “Human life,” he stressed, “cannot be wrongfully destroyed without incurring the wrath of a holy God.” The Alabama ruling is a reminder of the importance of personhood politics on the American right — and a warning about how punitive they have become. Since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, the fight to establish that the word “person” in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution applies to fetuses has escalated. At the one-year anniversary of the reversal of Roe, leading groups from the Alliance Defending Freedom to Students for Life called for personhood for “preborn children.”
  2. Seriously? Federal prosecutors can't tell the difference between sawdust and cocaine? That changes my entire world view.
  3. In before Alabama Supreme Court rules lab grown testicles are children.
  4. I am not going to try to defend pre-adult treatments. I am not in favor of them and I am not getting sucked down that rabbit hole with you. That said, I would like to see much more study of how gender-identity is formed, and yes, I still think it has a very large social component which is discussed in the article you posted. I think the danger in discounting that is castigating Trans people as "others" who are fighting against some ordained biology discovered by Sanford scientists. I think that is a dangerous road to go down. The study raises more questions than it answers, which it should. That's what good science should do.
  5. We don't really have sound science on the issue yet though. The Stanford study is a step, but it does not really answer the question.
  6. While true, the study doesn't really prove gender/sex difference in the brain is incapable of being rewired, or when or how it is wired. It does prove that adult (assuming the tests were done on adult) brains of the two gender/sexes function differently. I do kinda think we already knew that, but it does provide more information on that than we had before. I also think the use of AI to decipher the results was interesting.
  7. Regardless of what scientific studies of the brain say, Trans people are real. Trans people have rights to live free and happy lives. Hopefully we can find ways to understand them much better than we do in order to help them to be safe from this kind of bigotry...
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