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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fertilization Personalization

Paul Ryan and Todd Akin were among the co-sponsors of a House bill called the Sanctity of Human Life Act of 2009, which declared 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.

This bill would obviously make abortion, and birth control measures that block implantation of a fertilized egg, the legal equivalent of murder.

A fertilized egg is a person
A formulation that’s worse than
Repealing Roe v Wade
As part of the right-wing crusade
Because it would in the end
Certain birth control measures suspend.

So who would sponsor a bill
That most women’s rights would kill?
Why none other than Romney’s VP
And that is not all, you see,
Another guy with a big stake in
This bill was our friend, Todd Akin. 

1 comment:

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Well said. More people need to know this!