"If you believe a chicken has an immortal soul, you really should be a vegetarian."
I don't know if it's that simple. I observe dogs and and cats and pigs all having individual personality, but I eat pigs and some cultures eat dogs. (I don't know if anyone eats cats but it wouldn't surprise me). So I think we need to ask what a soul is. I think it's very possible that the personality part of my cat will continue in some way after his physical death, just as I believe something similar will happen for humans.
Humans have a lot of traits my cat doesn't seem to have: a persistent self-concept, the ability to form complex organizations, concern about one's mortality. At the same time, my cat seems to have more "selfness" than a dragonfly does. So it seems to me that ensouledness might be on some sort of a continuum among species rather than being a yes or no type of question.
This has nothing really to do with your analysis of the biblical stance on abortion, which is great. And I don't condone cannibalism.
i really like this feature.
Concerning abortion. I am a "fallen away" Catholic. Abortion has always troubled me. But in light of the stories we hear of child abuse, I prayed for clarity. What came to me was a thought which brings me comfort.
If "you" don't want me, Jesus does, and I will go to Him.
"Suffer the little children to come to me, for their's is the kingdom of heaven".
Health costs & the Republican AHCA
Returning "universal care" to the emergency room (by EMTALA, regardless of ability to pay) is a strange way to "cut" government spending. Before ACA, that care was funded by cost-shifting onto Medicare and those who could pay, mostly employer-based insurance. The ACA moved the Medicare money, and the AHCA doesn't move it back.
So the Republican government spending "cut" transforms a direct tax into an unfunded government mandate, cost-shifted primarily onto employers/employees.
The AHCA doesn't cut government-imposed costs. It hides them.
And that's before we consider outcomes and costs of primary/preventative care vs. ER care.
In our experience, you really can't get medical care at an emergency room unless it's an emergency. We got turned away from the ER because it wasn't enough of an emergency, but the county hospital wouldn't see us without insurance even if I offered to pay in cash. Neither would Stanford. We had to rent a van and drive over 400 miles to go back to the original physician who treated the broken neck to get the halo contraption checked and tightened, and, later, removed — because the original doctor can't refuse care. This cost us a lot extra.