Meet Bubba. He’s a tubal pregnancy (the most common kind of ectopic pregnancy). As persons go, its’s lacking that je né sais quoi— or, I don’t know— that quality for which you would run into a burning building to save it. If this thing dropped from a tree onto your shoulder at a picnic, the chance that you would want to preserve it in anything but formaldehyde is remote.
Now meet the personhood initiative on ectopic pregnancy
Any wish to risk or trade your own life for the life of this larval flesh could not qualify as “reasonable”. The only things that can be “known” about it are strictly biological, and the chances that it will ever be a viable fetus are so much more remote than the likelihood that it would kill its host without medical intervention that would kill it first, that giving it the rights of “personhood” demands that a women take “heroic” risks to save Bubba, here, because PERSON.
Being killed by a partner is the third leading cause of death for pregnant women. That usually kills the unborn too. They want to charge that man with two murders, but protecting the woman doesn’t seem to interest them that much, because GUNS! And it doesn’t matter how poor you are, no matter that you don’t have health insurance, no matter that you already have children that you are having a hard time providing for, no matter if you aren’t employed and have no source of income, no matter if you have health problems that make pregnancy dangerous for you,it doesn’t even matter if there is no chance that the fetus will ever be viable, because PERSON.
Of course, no man is going to take all the above “you“s personally, because that’s HER problem.
Can you think of other instances written into law in which a person can be charged with murder for not risking their life to save someone else? Can you think of such a case, in which a rescue attempt would have most likely left both dead?
The belief that a zygote/embryo/fetus has a “soul” is a religious belief, and one that Personhood U.S.A. and the Personhood Initiative are lobbying to have have enshrined into law, so that every zygote/embryo/fetus has the rights of any other person; but the woman who carries it. Her rights as a person would be subordinate to that thing that can’t live without her, even when it can’t live within her, because it’s a PERSON. (And she’s something else.)
The thought that this little mass of cells, chewing through it’s mother’s fallopian tube could have a social value equal to or greater than that of an adult woman denies the “personhood” of women to a degree that is pathological. It makes the fetus a fetish denuded of it’s biological reality and it’s dependency. Of course, the assumption that the woman’s role— her purpose in life— is to produce and care for the wee ones, no matter its toll on her, no matter the cost to her is taken so much for granted that she’s expected to do it and do it well with no resources, no support, no respite.
I made several attempts to refute their repulsive logic that women with ectopic pregnancies should be forced to stay in a hospital bed, then undergo autotransfusion (be given transfusions of her own blood) after a rupture until the fetus is viable no matter how unlikely that would be. But there’s no reason to argue with their bogus interpretations of a bunch of numbers they pulled from hospital records in Israel. They used a jumble of numbers and suppositions about those numbers to make mud pies; while not acknowledging that Israel has universal health insurance, no compunction about ending a pregnancy to protect the mother, and one third the maternal death rate of the U.S. Epidemiological information about ectopic pregnancies in Israel has absolutely nothing to do with women in the U.S.— especially women who are uninsured or who are black women who are much more likely to die of ectopic pregnancies than white women.
We women are PERSONS. ALL OF US ARE PERSONS. No one should be able to tell us that we have to risk our lives, or even fundamentally change our lives because some people believe that God gives people “souls” at conception and wants to use that “argument” to take control over women’s bodies and lives.
A woman wants to die for her fetus that’s her business and her problem and her ideological madness. If no one close to her tries to talk her out of it then you know how little she is cherished.
PERSON and MIRACLE BABIES! is proper legal justification for NOTHING. These people are religious extremists and dedicated misogynists worthy of the name AMERICAN TALIBAN. It’s about time that these people stopped imposing their church on our state and took their interfering filching hands off of our bodies.