by Max Brantley
Legislation by Sen. Jim Hendren would modify the state code for criminal purposes and for wrongful death lawsuits to say that an "unborn child" is an offspring of humans — whew, glad he included that or the Poultry Federation would have been on his butt — from conception until birth.
This legislature is going to severely restrict the right to sue for damaged living human beings, but Hendren would have it extend the right to sue in behalf of zygotes.
Careful how you handle those in vitro materials, UAMS! Will a pharmacist really want to dispense a morning after pill to a rape victim fearful of a possible pregnancy? What if the fertilized egg had already implanted? What if mom later had second thoughts and regretted that termination? She could sue somebody, couldn't she? You know those trial lawyers. They can think up an excuse to sue anybody for just about anything.
I only wonder why Hendren is stopping with criminal violations and wrongful death actions in behalf of terminated zygotes.
Let's give them inheritance rights. That might make a carousing legislator think twice before a night of wanton abandon. Would a sonogram qualify a five-week-old fetus for a voter-eligible ID? Social Security benefits? This whole life-begins-at-conception position — if applied as a legal construct — shouldn't be used only to give lawyers an easy pass to the courthouse. If a zygote is a child, let's give them all rights a born child has.
The Stepford Republican Caucus, likely will ratify this promptly. The fetus (not adult women) and guns are part of their Holy Trinity, along with gold.
Next up: Finding a way to pass a law that makes thinking about an act that might create a human being a potential civil and criminal wrong. You laugh. We're prosecuting people now for talking about having sex with adult men who pretend to be underage girls.
Thinking is a dangerous thing.