North Dakota House says any human fertilized egg is a person

February 18, 2009 | By | 5 Replies More

North Dakota’s House of Representatives has passed a bill declaring that every fertilized egg has all the same rights of a baby.   If passed, this bill would mean that any abortion is the equivalent of murder.  Here’s some of the wording of the bill, from the Associated Press:

The bill declares that “any organism with the genome of homo sapiens” is a person protected by rights granted by the North Dakota Constitution and state laws.

It would seem that it would be impossible to pull the plug of comatose people, even if they are in an irrefutably permanent vegetative state.    Then, of course, there are the many well-trodden concerns that this kind of law is abhorrent for its effect on reproductive freedoms.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Dan Klarmann says:

    What is an organism? Is a blood cell an organism? Obviously not. Is a t-cell an organism? Nope.

    Is a blastocyst an organism? Not yet. It lacks most of the functions of an organism, like respiration and reproduction.

    So how can just a fertilized egg be "an organism"? It's a seed, like a wheat berry or an acorn. Give it the right environment for long enough, and it may grow into an organism.

  2. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    From a newsblip accidentally transported through a freak time warp to my computer:

    April 1, 2031: The Supreme Court today ruled that masturbation is premeditated murder and therefore punishable by death. This is based on the 2017 ruling that life is continuous and the soul is transmitted from both parents.

    Under the new ruling, wet dreams could be considered involuntary man slaughter.

    In an unrelated ruling, the supreme court also decided to uphold the intellectual property patent held by Apple founder Steve Jobs for "a method of manually installing personal garments for the lower half of the body". The patent had been contested by Apple rival Microsoft who failed to show proof of prior art to support it's claim to exclusive licensing rights for the act off putting on one's pants one leg at a time.

    Just days after the Walmart's leveraged buyout of the Arkansas state government, Wal-mart CEO and Arkansas Governor Hillary Clinton has announced that Arkansas will be changing it's name to Clintonia in an effort to distance itself from the hillbilly image associated with the old comic strip "Li'l Abner" and as a tribute to the lat Bill Clinton who died last year from a popular social disease.

  3. grumpypilgrim says:

    Seems to me they're trying to attack medicinal abortions (e.g., RU 486), which now account for a large percentage of abortions that happen in the U.S.

    Another step forward (?) in making a woman's pelvis part of the public domain….

  4. All I can say is "Thank God". I mean, now they can finally crack down on abortifacients, like breastfeeding, caffeine, exercise and stress. Just for the chicks, of course. Men can breastfeed while drinking coffee, exercising and worrying about their jobs all they want.

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