Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R) is pushing legislation that would impose restrictions on abortion clinics — a move that she argues is necessary because the procedure is a major surgery that removes the largest “organ” in a woman’s body.
“When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body,” McClurkin told the Montgomery Advertiser on Thursday. “That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”
A “child” is not a bodily “organ.” Indeed, children have organs of their own. The largest human organ is actually the skin. According to National Geographic, adults carry about eight pounds of skin, which is slightly above the average weight of a newborn baby.
McClurkin’s argument actually undermines the “personhood” bills being pushed around the country by other like-minded Republican lawmakers. Those pieces of legislation argue that undeveloped zygotes are people too and should therefore be given full legal rights, thus making abortion — and even certain forms of birth control — illegal.
McClurkin’s bill would impose stringent requirements on abortion clinics that could make it hard for them to keep their doors open. It would, according to the Montgomery Advertiser, “require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications.”
There are five remaining abortion clinics in the state of Alabama. McClurkin and her allies have argued that the bill is not meant to stop abortions, but rather to make sure that patients who do undergo the procedure are kept safe.
Opponents, however, note that studies have shown that abortion is already safe, and McClurkin’s bill would likely shut down clinics.
“The real purpose of this bill is to make safe and legal abortion in Alabama unavailable under any circumstance,” Nikema Williams, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, told the Montgomery Advertiser.
Hospitals, for example, aren’t required to extend admitting privileges to doctors at abortion clinics, which would make it impossible for those doctors to comply with the bill’s restrictions. According to Williams, Mississippi physicians were rejected at seven hospitals.
In the 2012 elections, the Republican Party stumbled after some of its candidates put forward unscientific claims in order to argue against abortion. The most high-profile, of course, was former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) — then a candidate for U.S. Senate — who said that women are physically able to stop themselves from getting pregnant after a “legitimate rape.”
The GOP: Where An Embryo Becomes A Fetus, Then Becomes An Organ
Complete and utter lunacy! So, I’m guessing under the GOP’s logic that once a child doesn’t benefit them anymore they can cast it out like an organ that needs to be removed from the body.
A loving “Christian” bunch, aren’t they? One minute, a child is a “miracle that doesn’t deserve to die,” the next, they are “the biggest organ in the human body.”
I am at a loss for words…
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said in a Sunday interview. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin, who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill in November, then claimed that even if these biological mechanisms don’t work, the perpetrator, not the child, should be punished. Kind of tough to defend that.
We don’t even. Akin, you may remember, was a co-sponsor of the House GOP’s plan to redefine rape.
This dude does not know how pregnancy works.
Shut the fuck up and quit trying to make laws about things you clearly have no understanding of.
= _ =
it’s like they had a thought but were then incapable of following through on it
“If back-alley abortions are so dangerous why did women do them anyway?”
“Maybe because they were desperate and scared and knew they couldn’t support/care for a child/were incapable of carrying to term and the risks of a back-alley abortion were preferable to what would happen if they didn’t get the abortion.”
trigger warning for graphic descriptions of medical procedures (botched and successful) and abortion
this is very important
Oh good god. It’s even more terrifying with illustrations.
i can’t decide if i am crying or laughing.
what the fuck this is the most frightening thing I’ve seen all day
this is the best thing ever
and I’m not exaggerating
hahahahah THREE ABORTION BILLS
wait. WHAT?? why would the doctors continue to slap this child? are we implying that though the fetus was submerged in liquid, these pills did not dissolve? EVERYTHING IS STUPID ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING
This is maybe the most terrifying thing I’ve ever read.
I’m pretty sure this is how Damien was born in The Omen.
“From the Eternal Sea He rises, creating armies on either shore, turning man against his brother, till man exists no more.” Time to go see Bugenhagen.
…is it the baby from “Eraserhead”?
As Mississippi votes today on whether to give rights to zygotes, MJ’s staff explains how this radical philosophy could touch your life:
- Nick Baumann reports that congressional Republicans like the cut of Mississippi’s jib, and a similar federal law could now be in the offing.
- And Kate Sheppard maps out which other states could follow suit with their own “personhood amendments.”
- Plus, we’ll keep you posted on all the developments today in the Magnolia State.