In late May 2022, Oklahoma once again passed the nation’s worst abortion ban, making it the first state to effectively end women’s right to have an abortion, and making this article, that I first published on May 20, 2019, even more relevant.
Oklahoma Republicans just passed a mind-blowingly strict law that makes abortion illegal in virtually every circumstance, effectively terminating the right of women in the state to control their own bodies and reproductive fate.
Oklahoma wasn’t alone in this, either. Other Republican-dominated states are also enacting extremely strict laws that effectively make abortion illegal, with some banning the procedure as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Republicans base these laws on their belief that a fetus is a fully legal person entitled to all the rights and privileges that all legal American citizens enjoy.
But if actually put into effect, what do these beliefs really portend for life in America?
Republican ideas will create a whole new legal paradigm the likes of which America has never seen before.
If a fetus really is a legal person entitled to all of the rights, privileges and benefits availed to all American citizens, then a mother should be legally entitled to collect child support as soon as her fetus has a heartbeat, since she is providing 100% of the care and nutrition the fetus needs to survive. The mother should also be entitled to vote two ballots in every election as long as she is pregnant, since throughout pregnancy she represents not one, but two American citizens with full legal rights. It should also become illegal to incarcerate pregnant women because imprisoning the mother would mean the person inside her would also be imprisoned at no fault of its own, and if left without recourse the fetus would be deprived of due process. The government would have to assign all fetuses social security numbers and parents would be entitled to take tax deductions for each of their fetuses. Parents of multiple fetuses — twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc., — would be permitted to take multiple deductions respectively on their taxes, one for each fetus, prior to the babies’ birth. If one fetus survives to birth and any of the others don’t, then after a full criminal investigation that results in the mother either being prosecuted for murder or cleared of all legal wrongdoing towards the fetuses that died, then the parents should be required to refund any taxes they withheld by claiming deductions for the fetus(es) that didn’t make it.
If under the law a fetus is full human being, then a woman should be able to purchase life insurance for every fetus she hosts in a lifetime, and collect from insurance companies for the ones that end up miscarried or stillborn, with no lifetime limit on the number of miscarriages or stillbirths for which she can be reimbursed, since all of her fetuses will be full, legal persons.
If an immigrant woman in the U.S. illegally gets pregnant on American soil, the government wouldn’t be able to deport her, since her fetus would also be an American citizen and it’s illegal to forcibly deport an American citizen. After the mother gives birth, however, the government could separate the “illegal” mother from her “legal” baby, find an American family to raise her baby and deport the mother.
Think you want kids? Then get ready for the pregnancy police.
If a fetus is a full, legal person, then the law will have to spell out all potentially harmful behaviors in which the mother is prohibited from engaging while she is pregnant, because engaging in these behaviors would be an assault on the fetus. Pregnancies will have to be policed to assure women don’t intentionally or unintentionally do anything that could harm their fetuses. If a woman decides to give birth at home, has an emergency, can’t get to the hospital quickly enough and the baby dies, she could be charged with homicide, since her choice led to death of another legal person.
A poor diet can threaten the well-being of a fetus, so pregnant women may have to consent to have their diets closely monitored or be forced to eat more or different foods during pregnancy if they aren’t gaining enough weight to assure a healthy baby. Not taking enough vitamins for the good of the fetus? Prepare for forced vitamin-taking.
Missed some of your required prenatal visits? Here come Republican laws requiring pregnant women see their doctors as regularly as ordered.
Mothers will also have to answer to their children after birth for behaviors in which they engaged in while pregnant. After birth, children would have the right to sue their mothers for bad behaviors the mother engaged in during pregnancy, like smoking, drinking or taking medications that turn out to be harmful to the fetus. One example of this already happened: a case was filed in 1980 in Michigan, Grodin v. Grodin, in which a child sued his mother alleging that her taking tetracycline during her pregnancy caused him to have discolored teeth.
Fetuses would have to be counted as full persons in the U.S. Census.
Pregnant women would be legally entitled to use car pool lanes.
Celebrating birthdays would be replaced with people celebrating their “conception days” instead.
The Republican Party used to be the party of freedom and less government intrusion into our lives, but not any more.
Right now, women and pregnancy are taking center stage in Republicans’ quest to protect the “sanctity of life” at all costs. Next Republicans may turn their sights to regulating something men hold dear, like outlawing the private possession of firearms to reduce the high suicide and murder rates in the U.S., because, after all, suicide and murder clearly violate the sanctity of life, and people can’t be trusted to use guns in a way that strictly protects human life (just like Republicans don’t trust women to protect fetal life). Republicans might enact laws that make the sale and use of contraceptives, including condoms, illegal, making men financially responsible for whole a lot more babies. Republicans might order the monitoring of conversations between men and their doctors to make sure doctors aren’t giving men any information on how and where to get vasectomies, and they might make it illegal for insurance to pay for a vasectomy, since having one would violate the sanctity of life. Republicans may even decide to make vasectomies illegal to assure that “pre-life” isn’t artificially thwarted and “God’s will” can be done without hindrance.
There’s no telling where Republicans’ interest in the “sanctity of life” will stop, if at all. Right now, Republicans’ religious directives are horrifying women from coast to coast, but men may be next.
Sometimes just taking an idea out to its logical ends shows how absurd a certain line of thought is, and demonstrates the sheer folly of basing policy on it. In passing draconian abortion laws throughout the country, the Republican Party has gone where it has never dared go before. These fringy Republican abortion bills should be relegated to the same historical scrap heap of disastrous religious ideas as burning witches at the stake, prohibiting blood transfusions, rejecting modern medicine and exerting dominion over the Earth until the planet is nothing more than a pile of smoking rubble.
No matter who you are, whether you’re a man or a woman or anything in between, you must now understand that if you continue to vote Republican, then you are agreeing to put in place these kind of fringe policies and accept that the government will intrude into your life in unprecedented ways, because that is the only possible logical end to this train of Republican thought.
It is a slippery slope, indeed.
have you considering not murdering your child? there are wiser ways to do birth control and the statistical nonsense arguments of rape / incest are broken records. Abortion is an abomination, stay away from it. repent. its easy.
you people don’ t even understand what is at stake over at SCOTUS…
the Constitution has no Abortion Provision, the Federal Government was never charged with allowing it let alone sponsoring it. States can and should control the issue closer to home. You guys can them march all you want. Frantic fanatics dispensing horse meds as abortiofacients sound like the ivermectin believers the abortionists wanted to persecute
An embryo is not a person. The government is not entitled to use a woman’s body against her will. Only a woman can decide how many children she will or won’t have, forced pregnancy is not an option and abortion will still exist if it’s banned. It will just be less safe. And listen to your own reasoning: if the federal government can’t allow abortion, it can’t disallow it, either. And the federal courts have no business treading into this space either because it is solely a woman’s personal decision, and no one else’s.
Have you considered not gunning down children in their classrooms, jerking off to child porn, and not chaining your kids to the radiator or at least not defending those who do?
I admit , just 1 abortion renders moot the minuscule school shooter risk, for that individual.
Meanwhile lets do ignore the 90% of murders each day dwarfing school shoots ( but both categories now mostly committed by leftist-raised ferals ) which occur in demoncrat seamyhole cities ruined by decades of family-destroying, dependency-fostering (but HIGHLY grift-able ! yum yum ) leftist policy.
Plus the hollowing out of our industrial base (which was one of the orangemanbad’s key issues… ). Meanwhile joe is boosting russian gas profits and propelling the ruble upward while doling out billions in fake $USD to oligarch kleptocrats.
The ukraine situation is kind of ironic; the grunts are reputedly brave (and losing bad) but begging for bullets and rockets. The US again ponies up a lions share of the costs ( more than afghanistan) , but that money evaporates into arms merchant pockets & connected theives, much of it used to replace the outdated, broken-down useless junk NATO ‘members’ are foisting off to the nazi battalions of Ukraine instead of actual ammo.
Radiators ? Kiddie porn ? You have an unusual method of to debate; you completely forgot to scream ” RAYCIST!!” too
Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready (Rev. 19:6-7).
Isn’t bestiality a sin?
“And on the Eighth Day, Man created God in his own image…” Genesis 2:7.1
The fascist cult will come for you, too – the moment you refuse to sacrifice yourself to their never-ending greed. It’s the way all cults operate. Can i get an Amen!?
Yet another distraction by the Party of White ‘Men’ who, in OK, will do anything & everything to distract from its ugly legacy of the Tulsa Massacre.
And after the mass shooting at the OK hospital- no one can be “proud to be an Okie from Muskogee”.
a 1921 race riot ? sounds like a demoncrat project to me.
You know anyone who was there ? time to set it aside.
e have modern problems to deal with , not ancient demoncrat policys
A simple google search would have helped you to avoid looking so ignorant.
As a courtesy, here you go.
Why should the Tulsa Massacre be ‘put aside’ when it’s quite obvious that you and probably 1000s of others who are oblivious re US History are so uninformed / ignorant / in denial?
What are you afraid of? Why does full knowledge of this nation’s history scare you so?
And considering the loss of benefits, voting rights and legal jeopardy, if you should decide to go ahead and abort your baby, just remember, if it’s not considered a human person, you can always eat it, or cut it up and sell the parts by the pound.
This sounds too much like projection on your part, Mr. Dahmer.
As we draw closer to the fact old white men will lose power the more redial their actions. We are seeing the death rattle of of the Republican Party.
lol the democrat crime organization faking it as political party is going buhbye, it wont survive all the revelations coming out. oh believe me the uniparty is no better, but first things first.
the hispanics and blacks are abandoning the left in droves, tired of the obvious lies and destructive policies I guess. Are you a proud Biden voter ? You like how this is going ?
Get a job, rattly earthquack. Then, get Grammarly. Your nonsense doesn’t make any sense and it’s lacking punctuation even a 6th grader would recognize.
Ivanka called. She wants her lice back.
You don’t believe your own hype, but go on. Looking forward to your zealotry biting you in the bum in the not distant future.
Thank you Anne.
I remember women, before Rowe v. Wade, dying of infection from unsafe abortions.
If the Boof Kavanaugh Supreme Court eliminates access to safe, legal abortion, more thousands of women annually will die as a result.
Will the Kavanaugh v. American Women decision keep women who are owned by rich white Republican men from getting abortions? No. Republican womens’ abortions are called D and Cs. Always have been and always will be.
Rich white Republican men think they run our nation. But there are more of us than there are of them.
Will they still care about the “sanctity of life” when a 14 year old rape victim is forced to carry her pregnancy to term, but then cannot financially or emotionally care for the baby? I think not.
Well- in a patriarchal ‘society’, the senior male has authority over the entire herd.. er.. how do they refer to the women? chattel .. yes- that’s it. Property.
John Rose (Predator- TN) knows .. how to pick em.. young.
trump is their poster child w/ his many gross statements re his daughter / wife.
For them all, women serve a purpose- well, 2 purposes; breeding & personal pleasures (or will they now demand that Viagra Rx are sacred?)
Oh Anne, the Republicans don’t give a shit about children. It’s all about power. Or maybe we should rename schools “utereres” and they could do something about the children dying there.
Abort the bible.