Rep. Bobby Franklin, (R) of Georgia is introducing his version of a "Personhood" amendment, demanding the criminal investigation of any miscarriage and outlawing any form of birth control that would cause a fertilized egg to be expelled. It's unlikely (I hope) that his bill will pass, but it begs the question of how far we will allow the government, whether state or federal, to interfere with the most personal aspects of our lives.
Keep in mind that by granting "Personhood" status to a zygote would mean that IVF would no longer be possible, and women who have suffered miscarriages could be subjected to criminal investigations. This is very frightening stuff, here. I have a hard time believing that such a thing would even be considered.
How far will we allow these laws to go in protecting a fertilized egg over the rights of a fully-grown woman? Do we want to prevent couples who are having trouble conceiving from having the hope if in vitro fertilization? Do we want families who are mourning a miscarriage to suffer an inquisition? Do we want a reliable method of birth control (as in the Pill) removed from our choices? What are your thoughts?Answer Question
The only people that need to worry about my uterus are me and my personal physician. I do not need any STATE regulating or monitoring my fertility.
Answer by Sisteract at 10:56 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 11:03 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by pam19 at 11:07 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
I saw something of this briefly yesterday talked about interviewing people after miscarriages to determine if it was medically induced or not and all I could think of if someone came to my door after I lost my child they would have needed medical attention to remove their clip board from a not so nice location.
Not a good idea on any level.
Answer by Charis76 at 11:07 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by momof030404 at 11:14 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by autodidact at 11:16 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
"While it is unlikely that Franklin's bill will be enacted, it illustrates what may possibly be the result of all personhood amendments which are vaguely written, simply stating that all human life having constitutional protections begins at conception."
Answer by agentwanda at 11:19 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by brandyj at 11:24 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by Charis76 at 11:27 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:33 PM on Feb. 22, 2011
Next question overall
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