"(1) the Congress declares that–
(A) the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and(2) the Congress affirms that the Congress, each State, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories have the authority to protect the lives of all human beings residing in its respective jurisdictions."
(B) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and
As I stated in a previous post, the bill would technically require every miscarriage a girl or woman suffered to be criminally investigated; since when a person dies unexpectedly, an autopsy is performed to determine the cause of death. If a human zygote or embryo is given the same rights as a human being, the federal personhood bill would demand an investigation into the causes of a miscarriage. Another federal agency would have to be created to investigate and determine the causes of the millions and millions of miscarriages that girls and women suffer each year.
Also, certain forms of birth control (the IUD) could be construed, under the bill, as murder weapons, since some forms of birth control prevent the implantation of fertilized human ova in the uterus:
"The bill declares that a human egg obtains “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood” the moment it merges with a human sperm. Thus, a Blastocyst-American would not only enjoy the same constitutional status as a fully grown adult, it would also enjoy any “legal” attributes enjoyed by adults. Because every states’ law makes it a crime to kill a human adult, the likely effect of Ryan and Akin’s personhood bill would be to treat killing a fertilized egg as the same thing as homicide.
Such an interpretation would not simply ban abortion, it could turn many forms of birth control into the legal equivalent of a murder weapon. Many forms of contraception, including many birth control pills, function in part by inhibiting a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s uterus. Thus, Ryan and Akin’s personhood bill could render the act of using many forms of oral contraception the equivalent of a homicide crime."
Between Todd Akin's bizarre pronouncements on "legitimate rape," and his and Paul Ryan's sponsorship of the "Personhood" legislation, we have a very good idea of what a Republican takeover of the White House and Congress would look like for American women:
Criminalization of birth control, repeal of Roe vs. Wade, and investigations into girls' and women's miscarriages.
This is the political party that wants government out of people's lives.
Except it also wants government in the vaginas and wombs of American women.
Smartypants has a post up on this subject. Go HERE to read it.
NOTE: "Draft language for the 2012 Republican Party platform includes support for a constitutional ban on abortion without specifying exclusions in the cases of rape or incest, according to CNN."