The topic on March 9th will be "What would a Humanistic national policy on abortion look like?" We will use as the basis for deriving Humanistic policy the worldview and core values developed over the past two years by the Humanist Philosophy forum. Documentation of this can be found on the HGP web site under "Activities" (main menu bar) --> click on "Activities". Then click on the "click here" link for more information about "Applying Humanism". This takes you to the Applying Humanism page. You can find here all of the background information for this meetup.
On March 9th we will be trying something new. We're hoping that a lot of the input from the early part of the discussion can be gathered before the meeting, leaving much more time for meaty discussion of the topic. You can participate by accessing and making your comments in a spreadsheet that is posted on the Applying Humanism page of the HGP website (under Activities). Click here for a direct link to the spreadsheet. You can also find it on the Applying Humanism page under "Preview and Prep for Next Topic" Here are some directions for using it...
There are five tabs at the bottom of the sheet. When you open the spreadsheet, you will be on tab at the far left, which introduces the topic and, in the footnote, gives a brief summary of the worldview and core values that we are using as the basis for deriving Humanistic positions.
The next two tabs explore aspects of the core values "Intellectual honesty" and "Empathy" as they relate to discussing the topic. There are some ideas already there, but they are not intended to fully cover the questions posed. It is hoped that you will help us out by adding your own ideas. Follow the instructions in red at the top of the spreadsheet to add your comments.
After you've made your inputs on the 2nd and 3rd sheets, click on the 4th tab from the left. The yellow-shaded portion goes through a preliminary analysis of the impacts (positive and negative) of having and not having an abortion on key individuals and on society. In the column next to it, also with yellow shading, are listed situational considerations. This analysis is essential for the discussion of what a Humanistic national policy on abortion would look like. Again, it is not meant to be complete. Please add your own ideas, using the red instructions at the top of the page. The blue shaded section to the right will only be used on March 9th when we consider possible national policies.
The fifth tab will only be used during the discussion on March 9th, so you don't have to worry about that one.