Republicans just can’t stop attacking reproductive rights and rape victims, even though they are constantly losing elections because of it. On Wednesday, Iowa state Representative Tom Shaw introduced a bill that would classify a zygote as a person and a zygote’s destruction as murder. This means that all women who get abortions, including those who would die if they gave birth or who became pregnant because of rape, and all doctors who perform abortions, could go to jail for murder. It also means that anyone who tries to concieve a child through in vitro fertilisation or any scientist who conducts embryonic stem cell research to try to save lives could also be charged with murder.
Pictured below is a zygote (a fertilized egg). It has no brain, so it has no thoughts, feelings, or consciousness, yet this representative thinks it should be considered a human being. The idea would be laughable if it didn’t carry such serious consequences.
What are Shaw’s justifications for such an extreme measure? He argues that defining a zygote as a person “just simplifies everything.” How can a bill that would criminalize abortion, in vitro fertilisation, and embryonic stem cell research be considered a simple answer to the debate surrounding the beginning of human life?
Representative Shaw’s contact information can be found here. Why not call him and tell him what you think of this bill?
Congratulations, Iowa Womyn! You May Already Be a Murderer! Wonkette.