Alabama Republicans are currently trying to force through a law that would make all abortions in the state illegal with no exceptions, and imprison doctors who perform them for up to 99 years.
But a bill this extreme invites plenty of logical contradictions: for example, asked Democratic state Sen. Rodger Mel Smitherman, why would fertilized eggs in the womb immediately be granted personhood, but not the thousands upon thousands of fertilized eggs in fertility clinics?
State Sen. Clyde Chambliss gave the game away in answering him:
Chambliss, responding to the IVF argument from Smitherman, cites a part of the bill that says it applies to a pregnant woman. "The egg in the lab doesn’t apply. It’s not in a woman. She’s not pregnant." #alpolitics
— Brian Lyman (@lyman_brian) May 14, 2019
In other words, Chambliss admitted, the bill isn’t about protecting “life” at all — it’s about regulating what women do with their pregnancies, and nothing else.
In short order, social media pounced on Chambliss, dragging him for his views of women:
um….WHAT IS THE GODDAMN DIFFERENCE.
— e (@stoner_em) May 14, 2019
There it is. This has nothing to do with fertilized eggs. It has to do with Women.
— Lisa Catara (@lisa_catara) May 14, 2019
So wait…a fertilized egg in a lab IS NOT a person but the same fertilized egg at the same growth stage inside of a woman IS a person? That logic does not track.
— Laura (@shawty007) May 14, 2019
So it's not about "saving potential life". These laws are about controlling women's bodies. Just so we're absolutely clear.
— Not Quilty (@lbpalmer) May 14, 2019
So if multiple embryos are implanted during a typical IVF treatment and several or more don't take, how many life sentences does the doctor get?
— something something Article V something (@suthed) May 14, 2019
Uh huh. If there's no woman to harrass and shame, they're not interested.
— trish anderton – im🍑 the 🍊 (@trishanderton) May 14, 2019
Oh, I see.
It's not actually about preserving "life", it's about making sure pregnant women carry to term. Sounds like the true goal here is to control women's lives.
— Naming Contest Pending (@RohannenZorbia) May 14, 2019
Life begins at conception but only when someone can be punished for conceiving.
— Julia (@The0therJulia) May 14, 2019