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

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

For those who have not already read elsewhere, North Dakota's legislative House 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, 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 is precisely the point of the bill's chosen 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 this post by Jill.

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 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 that one.

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

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man, the list of ppl I need to write letters to today just keeps on growing -_-;


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it is a hard subject IMO,

when does it become a life, even when taking religion out the equation,

i am pro choice to an extent,

but i wish the choice about using a condom or not was given more emphasis


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I'm kinda both and neither. I don't think abortion should be outlawed because there are many cases where it's necessicary, and not just medically. For example, I was watching Forenisc Files and this one woman was pregnant when her ex injected her with HIV+ blood. Even though she was starting the second trimester, she decided to abort due to the high risk to the baby. My biggest problem is that so many women use it as birth control. I just think that if you're going to terminate a started life, you should have a better reason that 'i was a dumbass', ya know?


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yeah, abortion is NOT birth control, it doesn't prevent pregnancy

and a cluster of cells has no more rights then the bacteria in a petri dish as far as I'm concerned -_-;


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