The forced birthers are changing their message. No longer are they trying to ban abortion just for the benefit of the silly women who don't know what they are doing. The pretense is over.
The newest personhood amendments aim to define a fertilized egg as a person, no matter what the circumstances. Thus, the carrier of the egg being raped is unimportant. The deep questions elicited by the assumption that there are two people in one body are unimportant. The crucial questions of women's equal rights under such a scenario are unimportant. What matters is the fertilized egg.
In fact, any violence against women appears to be permissible when the protection of the zygote is at stake. One forced-birther has written a whole movie with such a plot:
Kenneth Del Vecchio, a Republican candidate for New Jersey state Senate and a producer of conservative-themed films, is premiering a psychological thriller this weekend with a pro-life twist: Three pregnant women, who intend to have abortions, are kidnapped and forced to carry their pregnancies to term.Here is a clip from it:
Fascinating, isn't it? Especially the idea that all this will turn out to show us how wrong abortion is. My guess is that the women will develop a Stockholm syndrome and end up loving their jailers for the wisdom of preventing them from aborting and for the wisdom of removing their freedom altogether.
Whatever. The stronger message this plot gives me is that Del Vecchio does not count women among human beings at all! The aquaria can be locked up for the necessary time period.
Speaking of aquaria, I came across this comment recently:
as it advances, medical science is revealing in greater and greater detail the life of the baby living in the womb...And right after I came across this as the motto of a forced-birth site:
Social justice begins in the womb.Notice the aquaria aspect there? We are slowly inching away from the fact that the womb is not like, say, Costa Brava, where someone lives. Let's change that last quote to make that clearer:
Social justice begins inside the woman.Or inside Cathy or Natasha or Jane.