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You're wrong and here's why: clarifying the details of S.129

Posted by Megan Plassmeyer on March 09, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Every Monday at nine, I come into the office, pour myself a cup of coffee….and attempt to respond to the claims that I’m a god-hating woman who uses your tax paying money to enforce my “liberal agenda”. That’s wrong, and so are your misconceptions on why we are trying to kill bill S.129.


What is S.129?

Bill S.129 would grant full legal rights to a fertilized egg by defining "personhood" from the moment of fertilization, before pregnancy has occurred. So in other words, the second an egg is fertilized, it would have the same rights as you and me.


Aren’t fertilization and pregnancy the same thing?

No. In order for a woman to become pregnant, she must release an egg from her ovary. Ovaries also produce hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. — Ovulation. Next, the egg and sperm must meet and form a single cell — fertilization. Then pregnancy begins when and if the fertilized egg attaches to a woman’s uterus and begins to grow — implantation.


Why is S.129 a terrible idea?

Defining a newly fertilized egg as a “person” means that the most widely used forms of contraception like the pill and IUDs would be banned because hormonal contraceptives work BEFORE the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus.


What will “killing” this bill financially cost me?

Absolutely nothing. We are not asking you to pay for birth control; we are not asking that your taxes increase to cover birth control. We are asking that you help keep the use of birth control and IUDs legal. This is an accessibility bill. Birth control has many different medical benefits aside from its intention of preventing pregnancy. No matter the motive for use, birth control would be banned.


Now in honor of all the ill-thought out and incorrect commentaries I receive, I will leave you with this. I was once told to “cross my legs” to prevent pregnancy. I was once asked “why should the government pay for women to pay for women to pump dangerous harmones, (yes spelled this way) into their bodies all for the pleasure of men?” I was once asked, “Why do I deserve a choice?”

As women, we deserve a choice over our bodies. We should be allowed the contraception needed for family planning.  We should be allowed to have our voices be heard. And well, we should be allowed to say “I’m not doing this for the pleasure of a man, I’m doing this for me.”


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