Free Fertilized Eggs Need A Home?


Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) is anti-choice in more ways than one.  He opposes legal abortion in all cases — even when pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, or the woman’s life is in danger.  He is also a sponsor of a House bill that would bestow legal personhood on fertilized eggs.  Finally, he co-sponsored a bill that would require women who use in-vitro fertilization to carry every fertilized egg to term, or to find someone else who would.

It’s this last position that his opponent, Col. Jill Morganthaler, is targeting in a new video ad.

 

On Daily Kos, Rep. Jan Schakowsky described the bill:

The dangers of this bill to women’s privacy rights are obvious. But
there are also less apparent dangers lurking under the surface – in the
Act’s sweeping, vague language. Consider this fact: if life begins at
fertilization, then every couple using in vitro fertilization to start
their family will be forced to carry every fertilized egg to term, or
find another woman who will. Often up to 15 eggs are fertilized in the
in vitro process. Does this sound crazy to you, too?

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  • invalid-0

    “Finally, he co-sponsored a bill that would require women who use in-vitro fertilization to carry every fertilized egg to term, or to find someone else who would.”

    The culture wars have produced enough examples of astonishingly dysfunctional legislation and policy to write a long, long book. This particular piece should have a chapter all it’s own. This guy sounds way more than crazy but, then, so do those who call a fertilized egg a ‘baby’.

  • invalid-0

    I have not experienced infertility myself, but I’m lurk on one infertility blog because it’s author is such a good writer. So many women who struggle with infertility have suffered repeated, sometimes unexplained, miscarriages, even with apparently normal embryos. I’m sure many of them would laugh bitterly at the suggestion that a piece of legislation could “require” them to carry every embryo to term. If only …