Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Virginia's Personhood Bill

Same Shit Different Day. by Nick Nelson

It's not right for the majority to constantly get to vote on the minority's rights.  There is no real balance, nothing is really democratic when it's one group holding all the power.  I'm livid and disappointed with my state, which chose to pass a "personhood" bill: The bill provides that “unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the commonwealth, subject only to the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the commonwealth.”  When this sort of thing tried to go down in Mississippi the people voted it down.  But here in Virginia, it got passed right through, thanks to the Virginia House.  I shouldn't be envying Mississippi!

“This bill requires every single code section in Virginia that uses the word ‘person’ to apply to a fetus,” Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) said. “That opens families and doctors to a wide variety of criminal and civil lawsuits for health-care decisions not only in cases of unwanted pregnancies, but every pregnancy and even miscarriage.”

The House rejected a floor amendment by Del. Vivian Watts (D-Fairfax) that would have ensured that contraception would remain legal.

Why can't our religious leaders be our religious leaders, our politicians be our politicians, and our doctors be our doctors?

This is wrong.

Surely by creating more risk for doctors to be sued, this opens up a portal to even more invasive practices and horrible maternity care, since people only matter when they're in the womb, not when they're real women.

Related read:
Why the Birth Control Mandate Is Not About “Freedom of Conscience”

Related question:
If I get pregnant, can I claim a tax deduction 9 months early?


  1. There seems to be a serious war against women going on these days and I don't get it. I mean it was always kind of happening, but what's scary is that they seem to be actually getting somewhere.

  2. No kidding. :( I'm angry that the people didn't get to vote on this. I don't *like* the idea of anyone being allowed to vote on someone else's healthcare, but it seems like if it got shot down in Mississippi that it'd get shot down by the people here, too, given the chance.