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Re: Continuation of my previous mail

From: Kaz Kylheku (gnu-misc-discuss)
Subject: Re: Continuation of my previous mail
Date: Wed, 05 May 2021 09:46:21 -0700
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On 2021-05-04 00:06, Rohit Dutt via General GNU project and free software discussions wrote:
Just to get things straight and end the matter, what exactly is this
"joke about _abortion_"??!! I don't find abortion anything to joke about.
Someone tell me please.

There was never any joke about abortion in the GNU C library manual.

There was a satirical remark protesting legislation that prohibits talking
about abortion.

That remark, under the description of the C abort function, made its point
without mentioning the word "abortion" at al.

"Future Change Warning: Proposed Federal censorship regulations may prohibit us from giving you information about the possibility of calling this function. We would be required to say that this is not an acceptable way of terminating a

Though there is humor in it, it is serious and not simply a joke. It is no more a joke than Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" is a joke about poor people,
or about eating children.

Framing the remark as a joke about abortion is not a well-reasoned,
intellectual stance. It's merely a populist narrative intended to obtain
agreement in support of the remark's removal.

The remark opposes censorship in connection with talking about abortion. That censorship harms women who are in a situation where one of their options may be to have an abortion, by curtailing their choices. Therefore, the remark
can be interpreted as supporting those women.

(Notably, the remark can also be interpreted as a clear instance in which
Richard Stallman, stood up for women.)

Not a joke about abortion at all, the remark says that practitioners should
be free to talk about abortion and offer it as a choice.

Obviously, the remark would not have sat well with members of certain
demographic groups who oppose such freedom and support the gag legislation.

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