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When your chosen lifestyle, whether permanent or temporary, is one that doesn't involve bringing children into the world, the recent controversies over birth control and abortion can seem particularly threatening. But what many politicians seem more than happy to ignore is that all Americans will be impacted by limitations imposed on reproductive freedom.
As Virginia residents wait to see whether Governor Bob McDonnell will sign House Bill 462, a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound which, due to the early stage at which most pregnancy terminations occur, will often be performed with the use of a vaginal probe, and the Personhood Bill (HB1), which assigns full personhood rights to fertilized eggs, many American women and the men who support women’s rights are understandably nervous.
I, too, am nervous—nervous for the women who could be affected by these bills, that is. Thankfully, my husband had a vasectomy years ago, so I won’t have to worry about any of this if such medieval legislation ever slithers into my state.
Unless, that is, I’m raped by a male with viable sperm. But I’m sure that after the shock of such an utter violation of not just my outer person, but my very insides, my organs, passed, I could just take emergency contraception and do my best to move on with my life.
Or not. According to CBS News Political Hotsheet,
The personhood bill…[would] make illegal certain types of contraceptive measures, including emergency contraception.
And, as the Huffington Post reports, “[Virginia] Delegates rejected an amendment that would have ensured contraception remains legal once the personhood bill goes into effect.”
I would obviously prefer a pill, such as Plan B, that would stop any cell-building before it even begins, but if the state were to insist on my having an abortion, I would accept that as my last resort. After all, the personhood bill doesn’t criminalize abortions:
The personhood bill, which passed by 66-32 in the Virginia state House, does not ban abortions, the legality of which are protected under the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
And Section D of House Bill 1 reads:
Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as creating a cause of action against a woman for directly or indirectly harming her unborn child.
Granted, the language in section D is vague and says nothing about not creating a cause of action against medical professionals who perform abortions, but I really want to believe no member of elected office would knowingly manipulate or deceive the people. (I mean, yes, we should expect them to lie about certain matters of national security, such as what’s really going on at Area 51 and any plans similar to the 1960s Operation Northwoods plot to kill innocent U.S. citizens, but this?)
Yes, probably this. PersonhoodInitiative.com’s website explains the following on its “About” page:
Abortion has an Achilles heel, and that is where we must direct our attack. In Roe v. Wade, Justice Potter Stewart asked the pro-abortion attorney Sarah Weddington this question: “If it were established that an unborn fetus is a person within the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment, you would have an almost impossible case here would you not?” Mrs. Weddington replied, “I would have a very difficult case.” Justice Blachmun then concluded in the majority decision that, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.”
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