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Re: [PATCH] manual: Remove warning in the documentation of the abort function

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I rspond first to the your last two points, then to the main point.

  > > Unless, that is, Republicans impose a decision on us before then.
  > > At the rate things are going, it wouldn't surprise me.  ;-{.

  > This has nothing to do with U.S. politics.

The point of the joke is to remind people of an issue in US politics
which affects women in other countries too.
US Republicans are trying to make abortion illegal, in the US
and elsewhere.  And they have had substantial success in doing so.

  >   Not everything revolves
  > around the USA.  We ended up with this problem on our own.

I don't understand that text.  Maybe we are talking about two
different topics here.

As a factual matter, the US government, through the conditions it
places on medical aid funds and its "global gag rule", impedes access
to abortion in many poor countries.

  > You said repeatedly that you are still in charge in the GNU project, and
  > that GNU is not a democracy.  So this should really be simple.  Just say
  > you want the warning gone, and it will be gone.  Or you tell us you want
  > to keep it.

I could decide it all by myself, ignoring the arguments presented by
others.  But, surprising as it may seem, I don't want to do that.
Even when this issue first came up, I did not want to do that.

What I want to do is make a good decision applying our general
principles and good general policies.  But that required setting
general policies.  We did not have any policies about some aspects of
this question.

Since 18 months ago, I have been working, on and off, on discussing
and adopting GNU Project policies for the issues that are pertinent to
this.  These policies do not, by themselves, determine that the joke
should be deleted, or that it shoulo be kept.  But they do affect
the decision.

Now I think we have the right basis for deciding, or pretty close.  In
the process of deciding, we might discover another issue or two that
calls for a general policy.

I ask people to work with me to make the decision in the right way.

Dr Richard Stallman
Founder, Free Software Foundation (,
Internet Hall-of-Famer (

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