Friday, January 18, 2013

A Bean is Not a Baby

Just a week into the 113th Congress, House Republicans are rolling up their sleeves to get some real work done to help their constituents.

Just kidding.

Paul Ryan and 26 other Republicans are co-sponsoring yet another un-passable Personhood Amendment, which states:
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 . . . 
Hurricane Sandy victims are still waiting for money, and these . . . patriots . . . are wasting time drafting a "Sanctity of Human Life Bill" so radical that it failed in Oklahoma, Mississippi, North Dakota and Virginia. Not to mention being rejected by the last two sessions of Congress. Priorities!

This bill would define a baby into existence from the moment sperm meets egg - which is before a women is actually pregnant. It would force millions of women to have their highly effective IUDs removed, since IUDs work by preventing a fertilized egg from attaching itself to the wall of the uterus. It would also outlaw the morning after pill for the same reason.

In the 2012 Vice Presidential debate, Paul Ryan explained the unimpeachable science behind this argument.
Now, you want to ask basically why I'm pro-life? It's not simply because of my Catholic faith. That's a factor, of course, but it's also because of reason and science. You know, I think about 10 1/2 years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy Hospital in Janesville where I was born for our seven-week ultrasound for our firstborn child, and we saw that heartbeat. Our little baby was in the shape of a bean, and to this day, we have nicknamed our firstborn child, Liza, "Bean." Now, I believe that life begins at conception. That's why — those are the reasons why I'm pro-life.
Well, okay then. Who could argue with "reason and science?"

Can we just talk like grown-ups for a minute here? Can we just cut the shit for a sec?

What pisses me off about this argument is that the people making it must know better. These Congressmen are some of the breedingest people in the country. Most of them have three kids; eight of them have four (including Ryan); and at least one of them is proud papa to five. I, too, am a breeder (three). You know what happens when you have multiple pregnancies? Not all of them are going to result in a baby.

Without denigrating the sadness of a late miscarriage or the heartbreak of infertility, I think we can all agree that an early miscarriage is not the same as losing a child. And since one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage, it's safe to say that these family men have probably been through it. Of course a miscarriage at seven weeks is sad. But losing a "bean" is not the same as losing a baby. I know it, and dollars to doughnuts Paul Ryan knows it, too.

We don't hold funerals or put death notices in the paper for a miscarriage; we don't go through a long period of mourning - we probably don't even tell most people that the "bean" ever existed. We cry for a while and then start trying again next month. Because we understand that we've lost a pregnancy, not a child.

So why sponsor legislation pretending that a tiny fetus is a person when you know it will never become law? Because it's more important to show your radical constituents that you believe a women has no right to control her own body than to actually do the work of passing laws.

Everyone's got priorities.

Today's $5 is for NARAL Pro-Choice America, which advocates for reproductive rights nationwide.

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