Have you heard about the personhood movement? Basically anti-abortionists are moving to change state constitutions to redefine “personhood” so that any fertilized egg – regardless of when/how/where the egg was fertilized is considered a person with rights under the law. And Mississippi will apparently have this measure on the ballot in November.
I am well aware of the old adage that it is not polite to discuss politics or religion. I’m about to discuss both.
It really pisses me off when people decide they want to legally mandate what a woman can and cannot do with her body as it relates to reproduction. Particularly when they are not going to provide any assistance or resources one way or the other.
Let’s take 17 year old Nerd Girl for example. I was raped by someone (dude was never caught) my sophomore year of college. Now, I’ve thanked God many, many, many times over that I did not contract any diseases or become pregnant as a result. But what if I had gotten pregnant?
If I’d kept the baby – as the personhood people would like to mandate – I would’ve been a 17 year old, uneducated, black, single mother. I am hard pressed to believe that any of the people lobbying so hard against abortion would’ve opened their arms, hearts and homes to adopt the child they demand I not abort. I also find it hard to believe that they would’ve provided me with any of the resources necessary to raise a child. Because you know, don’t have the baby if you can’t feed the baby.
I’m a Christian. And I can’t say for sure what I would’ve done had I found myself pregnant, but I’m almost certain I would’ve terminated the pregnancy. And I’m pretty sure God would’ve forgiven me.
I know that this will be presented to voters as anti-abortion legislation. And that will appeal to the majority of voters in this conservative, primarily Republican state. But. What many people don’t realize (and yes, I’m going to find a way to actively campaign against this measure) is that the consequences will reach far beyond a woman’s ability to “just” have an abortion at will. Ectopic pregnancy? Too bad. That’s a person in your fallopian tube – you cannot terminate. And yeah, untreated ectopic pregnancies can lead to maternal death. Infertile? Too bad. IVFs would most likely not be done anymore because destroying any embryos that weren’t implanted or selectively reducing the embryos would be considered murder. 11 year old girl molested and pregnant? Too bad. The scenarios go on and on.
This kind of stuff is just bullshit to me.
Pardon my french. These people claim to want smaller government. They say that government is too big and has too much authority. Yet they want to climb all up in women’s uteruses (uteri, I think) and legislate that most personal of space. Get the hell out. Literally and figuratively.
I’m not really sure what I can do within the confines of my job – as a state employee who works in bioethics – but I just cannot keep silent on this one.