Few things irritate me more than bone headed statist politicians, having sworn solemn oaths to uphold the United States Constitution, introducing legislation and trying to pass laws that they know full well are patently unconstitutional.
It’s even worse on my nerves when those same politicians try to sanctimoniously force their personal religious beliefs down the throat of the entire nation with such laws.
And so it is that with great sadness I observe a once admired champion of liberty and constitutional rights -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – fresh from his courageous filibuster protesting the use of killer drones on U.S. citizens, slumping from genuine political hero to worthless political hack.
That’s because last week he introduced draconian “fetal personhood” legislation in the U.S. Senate that would completely outlaw abortion in the United States. His Life at Conception Act declares that human life begins at conception, which thereby entitles fertilized eggs to the same legal status and constitutional rights as persons.
“The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known – that human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore is entitled to legal protection from that point forward,” Paul proclaimed. “The right to life is guaranteed to all Americans in the Declaration of Independence and ensuring this is upheld is the Constitutional duty of all Members of Congress.”
Of course, Senator Paul is entitled to believe anything he likes, which in this instance is his Christianity, but he is not entitled to use that religion to change the basic facts of biology which establish that life is a continuum; the “moment of conception” is merely one stage in the ongoing process; egg and sperm cells are human and both very much alive before fertilization.
If the U.S. Congress can get away with declaring by fiat that fertilized eggs are persons entitled to constitutional equal protection of the law, then it can just as easily and with the same justification declare that all human eggs and sperm cells enjoy the same constitutional rights. One religiously oriented absurdity leads to another.
Just as all religion at the core is extremely anti-liberty, Senator Paul and his National Pro-Life Alliance organization cohorts are demonstrating with this legislation their profoundly anti-liberty politics.
They know that when the unborn are endowed with the same constitutional rights as persons who have been born, the women impregnated with them and the men who impregnated them will become slaves to those fertilized eggs.
And they know that at the moment of conception the powerful forces of the state will be authorized to deprive them of their liberty in the name of the best interests of the eggs. Women’s bodies will be enslaved by their own eggs and men enslaved with an obligation to support the products of their own sperm whether they like it or not. The fertilized eggs will have the ability to enforce their constitutional rights utilizing the police powers of the state as a matter of law.
Naturally the state will become involved right from the moment of conception because there is a person inside that womb with constitutional rights requiring government protection and enforcement. Laws to monitor every woman’s menstrual cycle would become necessary so that every fertilized egg, i.e. person, would be discovered and accounted for immediately.
The pregnancy police would be authorized to make sure that each little person’s rights while inside mom are fully protected. Every miscarriage would naturally entail a mandatory autopsy and coroner’s inquest to determine whether or not a crime was committed.
Thirteen year-old girls who aborted their own pregnancies by any means would be charged with first degree premeditated murder. Doctors who assisted women with abortions would likewise be guilty of first degree murder and subject to the death penalty right along with their patients.
These are just a few of the draconian consequences which would certainly arise if fertilized eggs are declared persons as a matter of law from the moment of conception.
That’s why this type of “fetal personhood” proposed legislation or constitutional amendments have been soundly rejected by the voters in every state in which it has so far been introduced, including Mississippi, perhaps the most rabidly religious dominated state in the nation.
The common people of the United States, even those who are deeply religious have enough common sense to realize that personhood for fertilized eggs is absurd and would lead to a tangled nightmare of unintended consequences for liberty and freedom. Such legislation is profoundly anti-liberty.
Shame on you Rand Paul! You are no libertarian. You are no champion of freedom and the American way. You have shown your true colors as an extreme ultra-right-wing religious fanatic who wants to force your religious beliefs upon everyone. You personify the reasons why the Republican Party and its candidates are losers.
You seek to enslave human beings with their own eggs.