Of all the extreme, over-the-top and absolutely ridiculous ideas floating around the anti-abortion community right now, “Personhood”, aka the idea that a fertilized egg has the full rights of every other American citizen, has to top the list.
Obvious questions arise.
Like: If a Norwegian cruise ship stops in Key West and two people have sex, is their newly created embryo entitled to gun ownership under the second amendment?
Or: Can a Canadian woman be extradited for murdering an American citizen if she takes the morning-after pill the day she and her husband return from Vegas?
Today Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs co-sponsored a bill, HR23, that would open our courts up to all of these bizarre questions and more.
The bill states that:
the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood
I’m sure Doctor James Patrick Johnston and other right-wing extremists who promote this kind of bullshit legislation are currently calling Gibbs’ office in droves to congratulate him.
So much for focusing on jobs and the deficit.