This blog post, written by a lawyer who has been prosecuting rape, child abuse, and homicide for over 15 years, provides a unique and seldom-heard perspective on recent arguments surrounding abortion, rape, and “fetal personhood,” amendments which seek to declare that a fetus is a person (such amendments also protect unfertilized eggs – though not sperm, interestingly enough – granting them full personhood). Such amendments have also been behind some recent states’ decisions to criminalize women who have miscarriages.
Here’s a provocative quote from the post:
“…personhood for a cluster of cells means that abortion could equal aggravated murder. Really, do Republicans want us prosecuting girls and women for the aggravated homicide of their zygotes? Is that the plan here? Do they actually want to impose the death penalty, or will life in prison be sufficient to satisfy their…need to punish women for the crime of being sexually active? Of course, if the woman is guilty, so is the man who facilitates her in procuring an abortion – boys, if you take your girlfriend to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, we’re going to imprison you both for murder. It’s called a ‘conspiracy.'”