Paul Ryan Wants Personhood for “One-Celled Human Embryos”


Are you ready to stand up for the rights of the “one-celled human embryos?” Well, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is, and he’s got a bill to prove it.

Now that Congress is in session again, anti-choice bills are popping up left and right (but just in the House, of course, because that’s the only place they can get votes). The latest? He’s co-sponsoring a federal “personhood” amendment, because if the trouncing of anti-choice politicians across the country taught the House Republicans anything, it’s that Americans simply love debating abortion.

Fresh off his invite to headline the anti-choice, anti-woman Susan B. Anthony List’s annual gala, Ryan is paying more attention to his second favorite Americans—the single celled ones—with the assistance of bill sponsor Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA).

Via Huffington Post:

The personhood bill, first introduced in 2011 by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and reintroduced by Broun last week, specifies that a “one-celled human embryo,” even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” Similar legislation has been rejected by voters in multiple states, including the socially conservative Mississippi, because legal experts have pointed out that it could outlaw some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization as well as criminalize abortion at all stages.

Broun said in a statement that a zygote’s right to life should be “defended vigorously and at all costs.”

“As a physician, I know that human life begins with fertilization, and I remain committed to ending abortion in all stages of pregnancy,” he said. “I will continue to fight this atrocity on behalf of the unborn, and I hope my colleagues will support me in doing so.”

Ryan did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment about his support for the bill, which has 17 co-sponsors.

Let’s just be clear that there is no such thing as a “one-celled” embryo, because the embryonic stage follows first on the zygote or fertilized egg, which develops into a blastocyst, which then develops into an embryo… and is not “one-celled.” But, you know… Republicans, science… pffft.

Sometimes I wish I was a single-celled human so I could get a little love from the congressional GOP, too.

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  • macdonaldbank

    The Republican Party; has self-destructed — on the grounds of homophobia & religious corruption! 

  • give-em-hell-mary

    “Sometimes I wish I was a single-celled human so I could get a little love from the congressional GOP, too.”

    LOL! — because all us multiple-celled humans get treated like unworthy sinners!

  • purplemistydez

    This is a great example of the war on women. 

  • alan8

    Every sperm is god’s creation, and the life of every sperm cell must be defended vigorously at all costs! This should be a Federal law, with cameras in every bathroom to catch mass murderers, killing thousands of innocent sperm cells!

    Every sperm is sacred, every sperm is great.

    If even one is murdered, god gets quite irate!

  • mickeebee68

    This imbecile is a sad lonely douche!.
    One brain cell lonely and looking for a companion to survive in that almost empty space between the ears. Mr Ryan, you will never be president with your backward, mysogonistic, hateful,harmful ways. You and your kind are doomed!.

  • jennewinn

    ” . . . a “one-celled human embryo,” even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” . . “

    Meaning that I, being female, am carrying who knows how many thousands of “one-celled human embryos” inside me.

    I am, without dispute, the hostess, caregiver, life-support for these “embryos”.

    Can I be accused of murder if I allow one to leave my body unfertilised? – That may come.

    Can I now be regarded as my embryo in spe’s representative to the outside world?

    Please may I have an extra voting paper for each of my potential embryos at the next election?

    Ryan says they have “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” That includes the right to vote, right?
    Even if I have been disenfranchised for my minority status?

    Being children of this mother, they would all like to vote against Paul Ryan.
    They told me so in confidence. Does that mean he will let me abort them now?

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