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Category: Politics, Health, Religion, Reproductive Rights

10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts

| March 19, 2012

Cross-posted with permission from the Huffington Post.

This week the Georgia State Legislature debated a bill in the House, that would make it necessary  for some women to carry  stillborn or dying fetuses until they 'naturally' go into labor. In arguing for this bill  Representative Terry England described his empathy for pregnant cows and pigs in the same situation.

I have a question for Terry England, Sam Brownback, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and too many others: I have three daughters, two of them twins. If one of my twins had been stillborn would you have made me carry her to term, thereby endangering both the other twin and me? Or, would you have insisted that the state order a mandatory fetal extraction of the living twin fetus from my womb so that I could continue to carry the stillborn one to term and possibly die myself? My family is curious and since you believe my uterus is your public property, I am, too.

Mr. England, unlike the calves and pigs for which you expressed so much empathy, I am not a beast of burden. I am a woman and I have these human rights:

The right to life.
The right to privacy.
The right to freedom.
The right to bodily integrity.
The right to decide when and how I reproduce.

Read the full article here.

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