It may not surprise you to hear that an Alabama state representative is pushing new anti-choice legislation. But what’s the reasoning this time? Well, don’t you know that the unborn fetus is the largest organ in a woman’s body?
Yeah, neither did I.
According to the Huffington Post, Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin is backing legislation for abortion clinic restriction for this very reason. According to McClurkin, the legislation is not meant to stop abortions (although there are now only five abortion clinics in the state of Alabama), but to ensure that those who have abortions are kept safe which, according to McClurkin, means regulations that would make it difficult for the remaining clinics to maintain:
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.”
We can see that this legislation is–while not flat-out anti-choice–manipulating the accessibility of abortion services to women who need them. Though problematic and frustrating, this is, unfortunately, no surprise to me.
What does surprise me, is that there is a female state representative that thinks that a zygote is an organ in the female body. Where is the uproar when people get their appendixes removed? Colon cancer survivors? Skin grafts? C’mon.