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In by Lara on October 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

“Every individual human being should have the right to control his or her own body”
A man who hits his wife every night is exercising his right to control his body.

Amendment: “…as long as it does not infringe upon another’s ability to do so.”
A rational woman in rural Kenya undergoes female genital mutilation because she herself feels  it is a sacred and purifying tradition.

Amendment: “…and does not cause medical/physical harm to oneself.”
A man with terminal cancer in immense pain injects himself with a dose too much of morphine as an act of euthanasia (technically, suicide).

Amendment: “…

  1. Wow this is so good. The powerful stories and the overarching idea of the thing – that every rule would have to be endlessly amended to be comprehensive – fit together so well. Well done Lara.

  2. I agree completely with Chris, Lara. Really strong piece.

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