Thursday, June 04, 2009

Fetal Hate Crimes Legislation

I do not endorse this bill, but I thought you might get a kick out of it:

While researching the next article, which is on abortion legislation, I came across a very strange bill, H.R.1822, entitled The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2009. This bill would make it illegal to discriminate against an unborn baby on the basis of race or gender. The bill specifies a jail sentence of up to five years for this. This long, bizarre bill has many tortured arguments about how bad it is to have an abortion if the reason is sex-selection (“son-preference”) or racial eugenics. It would only ban abortions that are done for these reasons, as if other reasons aren’t nearly as bad! Its hate crimes legislation for fetuses! I wonder if Sue B. and ole Freddy would be proud to have their names on this bill. (They’re probably rolling over in their graves, but it is with disgust or laughter?)

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