Never mind that only one in 20 fertilized eggs goes on to result in a live birth and never mind too that 20% of all pregnancies result in miscarriage in the first trimester, for reasons unknown. The point, in Mississippi is not about logic or even reality. It is about outlawing abortion for all reasons, including danger to the life of the mother, rape or incest.
You may think this is just one more ignorant excess of the religious right like creationism or intelligent design, and you would be right in the sense that reason and hard science have been thrown to the winds in favor of religious faith and emotional fervor, but this time, it looks like the bill is going to pass, and this time there could be some very serious consequences for all pregnant women and the men who love them, at least in the state of Mississippi.
If a fertilized egg is considered a viable human being, then what happens to a woman who uses certain kinds of birth control which prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall? Will such women be tried for murder in Mississippi? Will the pill be available in Mississippi? Will in vitro fertilization become illegal?
Oh, and what happens to a woman who miscarries in her first tri-mester-- a not uncommon occurance? Will the products of the miscarriage be named and accorded a funeral? If life begins at conception, they should be. If the woman who miscarried was a smoker, or didn't even know she was pregnant and got drunk at a party, will she be tried for murder or manslaughter? It is just possible she could be if Proposition 26 becomes law.
When the state becomes involved in pregnancy it is a dark and potentially evil road that lies ahead. Doctors, lawyers, and cops end up with control over a pregnant woman's body and they end up making decisions that rightly belong to the woman and the man who impregnated her. I will never understand how the same people who oppose government regulation when it comes to banks and business, are ready to hand women's personal rights to their own bodies over to the state. These are often the same people who are all for capital punishment ( even though DNA evidence has shown how often the wrong person is convicted) but absolutely against abortion, even when the life of the mother is threatened. The message is clear. Women are expendable. Embryos are fully human. Women are not.
Similar propositions have been floated on the ballots of half a dozen other states and none has passed. The worry here is that, in Mississippi, proposition 26 just might make it . If it does pass, the next move is to have the Supreme Court review it. Given that the court decided not long ago that corporations have human rights, (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, God only knows what it will decide in the case of fertilized eggs in Mississippi. I've got my fingers crossed.
In Mississippi and elsewhere, I am for a REAL culture of life-- one that values not only all unborn forms of potential life, but also the lives of the women who carry and nurture that life and values them EQUALLY. I am really hoping that Mississippi does the right thing tomorrow.
H/T Life Without A Net for the photo above