North Dakota’s passage last week of the “Personhood of Children Act”, a bit of batshit insanity that bestows the rights of you or me onto a fertilized egg, has farther-reaching consequences than merely(!?) banning abortion. Those include contraception, reproductive health services, IVF and stem-cell research, and are summarized here.
Of course, fetus humpers as a class tend to be catastrophically dull-witted and rarely think ahead to things like “consequences” and “repercussions”. The only way to properly enforce an egg-as-person law and protect fertilized eggs from being knowingly or unknowingly “murdered” would be to limit and monitor the activities of all women of childbearing age. Sorry honey, no snowboarding for you. Get that drink out of your hand. Drop those barbells, hang up those running shoes. You are a potential incubator, act like one.
Rolling on down Bad Craziness Avenue, consider what else the POC Act could impact: tax law, for example — fertilized eggs are the ultimate dependents, so certainly they should be claimable on a tax return. And welfare — a woman carrying a fertilized egg should be able to claim not just for herself but for her 2-celled blasto-child.
Why not? If state governments plan on conferring the rights of personhood to an egg to the point where the egg’s rights supersede those of the woman carrying it, they should at least be consistent about it.
It’s hard to say whether this thing will make it past the Senate, or if indeed it does (the state senate and governor are both anti-choice), whether it would stand up to any legal challenges. But this is the new anti-choice strategy in the USA, and it’s only a matter of time before they start banging the same gong up here. Last year’s aborted Bill C-484 was the first incremental step, this session we will undoubtedly see more of the same. Forwarned is forearmed.
(h/t CC for the vid)