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Sep 15, 2012

Another Question for Constitution Lovers

Amendment XIV to the Constitution starts with

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.


To be sure it says born, and not conceived. This is strictly followed in most aspects of the law. An unborn human is not given a social security card, for example, nor bestowed any property rights, as another.

So why do Constitution-loving pro-forced-pregnancy activists recycle the tired old canard "life begins at conception?"  Whether it does or not, the Constitution does not recognize such life, if it were so recognized, as that of a citizen.

Does it not?

5 comments:

rappoccio said...

What would be very interesting (philosophically) is if a "personhood" amendment actually IS passed. Does that mean that airlines can charge double for pregnant women? That social security would need to be paid to women who have a miscarriage (25% of pregnancies result in this, so that's a lot of dough)? That a woman who has a glass of wine during her pregnancy can be arrested for reckless endangerment of a minor? That dropping a petri dish full of fertilized embryos at an IVF clinic results in the tech being sent to prison for multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter?

So many things that would be too ridiculous to even consider would then be completely legally justified.

Dan Avery said...

The Constitution considered black people to be 1/3 of a human or some other such nonsense. That said, Mission Hospital gave my wife a pregnancy test before her hysterectomy; she was getting a hysterectomy because she had been menstruating for three months straight. That made me very worried about the care she was about to receive. That and the hospital was running Windows XP. It's that sort of inattention to detail...

Shripathi Kamath said...

If you are a fireman called on to save a burning building. Oops, the building is a fertlity clinic. Trapped in the east wing are three workers, one of whom is a pregnant lady.

In the west wing, there are 100 embryos.

You can save one wing.

Pick!

rappoccio said...

Yes, exactly. This kind of questioning highlights the insanity of considering an embryo as a person.

rappoccio said...

Windows XP... hehehehehehehe :)