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SB-414 - Shadrack McGill Goes Out In A Splash Of Zygotes With New "Personhood" Bill

by: countrycat

Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 17:20:25 PM CST


Just when you thought it was safe to look away from the uterati trainwreck that's the current Alabama Legislative session, Senator Shadrack McGill strides onto the scene with a "personhood" bill (SB414 - PDF).  Hold on to your eyes so they don't roll out of your head.  He (or someone literate enough to actually author a bill) defines a zygote as a full person from the moment of fertilization.

This bill would define the term "persons" to include all human beings resulting from the union of the male sperm with the female egg either from sexual intercourse or in the case of in vitro fertilization, the fertilized egg or eggs relied on by a physician for implantation in the uterus.

So that means, from the moment of conception, an egg with fewer than a hundred cells has the same legal and civil rights as... well.... your average male in Alabama.  Those cells better enjoy their status, because, at birth, if they have two X chromosomes, they'll find themselves subject to the whims of Alabama Legislators who can barely spell "chromosome," much less legislate effectively on medical matters.Shadrack McGill

Like your current birth control pills?  This law may outlaw them. 

Find the IUD to be a reliable, non-hormonal method of birth control?  Forget it, sister. 

Desperately want to have a child, but stymied by fertility problems of either you or your spouse?  Hope you want a litter, because all those eggs need a home, hon.

State Senator Shadrack McGill, himself a graduate of "Quack University," has a long and sordid history with "ladyparts legislation." One of his legislative goals from the 2013 session was to proscribe how infertility doctors could conduct their practice:

Among those goals, said state Sen. Shadrack McGill, is strengthening the state's definition of the beginning of life to state that life begins at conception, even if that conception occurs in a laboratory.

"We need to let physicians know: Any eggs that are fertilized need to be placed in a mother's womb," McGill said. "And another thing: People say it's a woman's body and she has a right to kill the life inside of her womb. But she can't ask the abortionist to kill her, too. Our laws protect you from your own self."

In case this bill sound all-so-dreadfully familiar... it is.  The same extremist legislation has been defeated in other states, including MISSISSIPPI! Obviously, McGill has forgotten that Alabama's unofficial state motto is "Thank God for Mississippi," and hopes to take our state where even Mississippians feared to tread.

Cmon... be honest: do you trust this man with your uterus?

This whole, dreadful session can't end soon enough, and campers.... we're only about halfway there!

 

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Trainwreck (4.00 / 1)

is right. I'm a little worried to see what they come up with next.

I'd like to think this bill could never pass, but right now, it probably could. The scary thing is, I know people who would actually applaud this as a good idea.

Though I can't quite wrap my head around how you give a zygote civil and legal rights.... 



Question for the lawyer types (4.00 / 1)

OK, so there's this text:  " all human beings resulting from the union of the male sperm with the female egg"

Could you argue that the law is meaningless because it does not clarify when the union of sperm and egg actually become a human?

John Merrill tried this a few years ago.  Ias a recall, Patricai Todd slapped him around the legislative chambers over the law.  Looks like we're in for a repeat performance.



Good question! (0.00 / 0)
But of course, logic doesn't enter into this, IMO. It's all about turning out the rabid base in the off-year election cycle.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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This stuff confuses me (4.00 / 1)
because, for the life of me, I just don't understnd how such 'bills' help create living-wage jobs in AL? Or improve healthcare for the people of AL? Or improve education in AL? Does S. McGill actually get paid for this job?

Speaking at a public meeting in 2012, (0.00 / 0)

McGill lamented the fact that "only one person" had contacted him in support of some crazy anti-abortion bill during the 2011 session, but he'd gotten "thousands" of calls about the budget.

So I asked him... "Maybe that means the voters want you to focus on the business of state government?"

McGill said no.  People just "need to be educated" on how important these issues are.

This took place at "Shadrack McGill's no good, terrible, very bad public meeting."

btw... welcome back!  You've gone a long time between comments!  (not scolding, just noticed is all).  ;-)

 



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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