Friday, February 20, 2009

North Dakota Does "Something" After an Extremely Harsh Winter

(Not a real human egg, which can only be observed in a petrie dish, but a large goose egg held by an anonymous woman in Uzbekistan.)

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect egg."

North Dakota Takes a Sh*t on Women's Rights

Posted by Cara, Feministe at 3:04 PM on February 19, 2009.

North Dakota House passes a bill giving rights to fertilized eggs.

Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake (Editor's note. We have no idea where that is.)

For those who have not already read about it elsewhere, North Dakota's House of Representatives today passed a bill that would grant personhood, and the rights that go with it, to fertilized eggs.

A measure approved by the North Dakota House gives a fertilized human egg the legal rights of a human being, a step that would essentially ban abortion in the state.

The bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended abortion rights nationwide, supporters of the legislation said.

Representatives voted 51-41 to approve the measure Tuesday. It now moves to the North Dakota Senate for its review.

The bill declares that "any organism with the genome of homo sapiens" is a person protected by rights granted by the North Dakota Constitution and state laws.

The bill's sponsor, Dan Ruby, a part-time tattoo artist and amateur ventriloquist, is clearly talking out both sides of his mouth. Because while in the article linked above he takes pains to note that the bill does not explicitly and directly outlaw abortion, he notes in this article that outlawing abortion and directly challenging Roe v. Wade is precisely the point of the bill's language.

For arguments about why granting full rights to fertilized eggs is not only a really bad idea on the basis of pro-choice and feminist beliefs, but also really stupid in a general sense, too, see the following post by Jill. (Editor's note: We have no idea who Jill is, either.)

"I would, however, just like to add that the language of this bill is also a direct challenge to contraception as well as abortion, since non-barrier methods of contraception are believed to maybe cause fertilized eggs to fail in attaching themselves to the uterine wall. I'd also like to add that since that attachment to the uterine wall is the only real way that we are currently able to identify pregnancy, and therefore how we define it, this bill would also give these fertilized eggs rights from before the moment at which we are currently able to scientifically prove that they even exist. Just wrap your head around this one."

"Imaginary person sues government for violation of civil rights." "Imaginary Federal District court tosses imaginary law suit."

"I haven't found any information yet on specific actions that you can take if you have the misfortune to be in North Dakota, to help stop this Marx Brothers comedy before it gets any further. Once/if I do, I'll post it at the time."

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