Wednesday, February 18, 2009

North Dakota House of Reps passes "fetal personhood" bill

by Emily Sullivan

Note to self: don’t have sex in North Dakota. HB 1572 is a bill that just passed through the North Dakota House of Representatives. Here is some of the text of it:

*SECTION 1. Equality and rights guaranteed to all human beings.*

1. For purposes of this Act:

a. "Born", "birth", "partially born", "born alive", and any derivation thereof, apply to any child located inside a uterus, which is pulled out of the mother; or who has ever had any part of its body, including the head, pulled out of the uterus, such as during natural birth, artificial birth, or abortion.

b. "Human being" means any organism, including the single-cell human embryo, irrespective of the method of reproduction, who possesses a genome specific for and consistent with an individual member of the human species.

c. "Human embryo" means all human beings from the beginning of the embryonic period of their biological development through eight weeks,irrespective of age, health, function, physical dependency, or method of reproduction, whether in vivo or in vitro.

d. "Human fetus" means all human beings from the beginning of the fetal period of their biological development, which begins at nine weeks gestation through birth, irrespective of age, health, function, physical dependency, or method of reproduction, whether in vivo or in vitro.

The bill is technically a victory for pro-choicers—they are on their way to getting “the fetus is a human” on the books, given that it passes through both the Senate and the Governor (both Republican). I say "technically" because there is little to no chance this law will ever live past its first appeal. That laws like this are even written or passed by a House is a bummer, but look at it this way: even sodomy laws are on the books in many states. Clearly those are enforced. A law, even if it’s in the books, still has to go through court.


At February 18, 2009 at 7:46 PM , Anonymous Dan said...

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At February 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM , Anonymous Dan said...

Hey! Why did you delete my comment? It wasn't disrespectful in any way. It wasn't attacking anyone. If you are going to be selective and only publish comments you agree with, how can you expect anyone to believe that Equal Writes is a place for rational discussion?

At February 19, 2009 at 11:09 AM , Anonymous Administrator said...

Your comment was deleted because the problem - that Emily had cut and pasted a Planned Parenthood press release - was rectified. Thanks for your feedback.

At March 7, 2009 at 8:29 PM , Blogger Jordan Bubin '09 said...

Dan, this is long ago--but Emily definitely didn't cut and paste that. The ex-editor added that to her piece without her permission. Why she says that "Emily had cut and pasted..." is anyone's guess.

At March 7, 2009 at 8:31 PM , Anonymous Emily said...

To be clear, the Planned Parenthood press release was not something I had written--it was added by the editor without my knowledge. I had her take it off because I didn't agree with PP's stance.


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