It may have started in Oklahoma, but “every sperm is sacred” bills are beginning to grow in popularity as more lawmakers look to them as a means of pointing out the ridiculous flaws of giving “personhood” rights to fertilized eggs.
The latest to introduce a “sperm” bill? Councilwoman Loretta Walsh of Delaware.
Via Delaware Online:
The resolution, designed to address “equality” issues, said that lawmakers have not introduced similar legislation regarding men in the United States. If some lawmakers believe the female egg is “bestowed with all the rights of personhood,” government should think the same of sperm, the resolution notes.
“[E]ach ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government and be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other dependent minor and be protected against abuse, neglect or abandonment by the parent or guardian,” according to the resolution.
“What’s good for the gander is good for the goose,” Walsh said.
It’s in many ways the same argument that Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson used when asked to justify her bill.
[T]his amendment seeks to draw humorous attention to the hypocrisy and inconsistency of this proposal – from the Republican perspective of down-sized government and less government intrusion into people’s private affairs. Despite the great challenges our state faces, it is far more important that we address issues such as affordable healthcare to help improve our state’s ranking of 48th in health status; to create good, secure jobs that grow our economy; and ensure that all citizens have access to quality, affordable education.
Will “sacred sperm” bills help turn the tide against the onslaught of “fertilized egg as people” amendments? One can only hope.