By AATTP Contributor, Han Chimpson
If nine Iowa TEApublican state law makers get their way, they would define a person as “an individual human being, without regard to age of development, from the moment of conception, when a zygote is formed, until natural death.”
This would clear the path for doctors who perform abortion, and the women they performed the procedure on, to be charged with murder and almost certainly serve significant jail time. Even in the case of rape or incest.
The bill, House File 138, was introduced by Iowa TEApublican state representative Tom Shaw. According to Shaw, the bill will protect human life, whether “you’re a zygote, an infant, a teenager or an adult.” The bill, named the Iowa Equal Protection of Innocent Life Act, was discussed by Shaw in an interview with Denver Bible Church pastor Bob Enyart.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President Jill June called the effort to restrict abortion rights “the most extreme yet”, and questioned the logic of jailing a woman who was victimized and impregnated by rape or incest and received an abortion, along with the criminal who did the dastardly deed in the first place.
Left unsaid is that a great misjustice could potentially occur if the rapist was found not guilty, while the woman and her abortion doctor were found guilty and jailed.
Yes, TEApublican misogyny is alive and well in Iowa. Thankfully, the bill has little chance of passing if it makes it out of committee. The Democratically-controlled Iowa Senate looms, which is to say that sanity shall prevail – THIS time…