If All You Have Is A Nucleus, Can You Really Be a Citizen?

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As we're all well aware, one of the many prongs in the fundie battle for control of our uteri is to call the contents often found within a person. Well, in a slight glimmer of hope for those of us who don't think that this one cell can be called a person or a life, they've failed in Montana. State Representative Rick Jore was spearheading the fight to get Constitutional Initiative 100 onto the ballot in November, which would've defined fertilized eggs as people and conferred all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship onto them. Jore needed 44,000 signatures by yesterday and got less than half. Even the Catholic bishops in the state think there are better ways to make abortion illegal, while others pointed out that it would also have made IUDs illegal, opened women who have miscarriages up to criminal investigation and potentially forced women undergoing in vitro fertilization to carry all the eggs fertilized in the procedure to term. But, hey, the zygotes would've been Montanans. [The Missoulian]


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Everytime I read something like this, I wonder if the proposers of said legislation have ever taken a biology class. Do they have any concept of the differences between an egg being fertilized, a woman actually being pregnant and what an actual child is? Everyone needs more manditory science classes, especially our politicians.