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 pregn… https://t.co/EIB8XJq0Si— Brian Lyman (@Brian Lyman)1557869787.0
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:
@lyman_brian um....WHAT IS THE GODDAMN DIFFERENCE.— e (@e)1557874365.0
@lyman_brian There it is. This has nothing to do with fertilized eggs. It has to do with Women.— Lisa Catara (@Lisa Catara)1557875764.0
@lyman_brian So wait...a fertilized egg in a lab IS NOT a person but the same fertilized egg at the same growth sta… https://t.co/7KnFvMzH6Y— Laura (@Laura)1557872620.0
@lyman_brian So it's not about "saving potential life". These laws are about controlling women's bodies. Just so we're absolutely clear.— Mitch McConnell Wants Us to Die Monster (@Mitch McConnell Wants Us to Die Monster)1557870697.0
@lyman_brian Uh huh. If there's no woman to harrass and shame, they're not interested.— Trish “Cancel Rent” Anderton #BLM (@Trish “Cancel Rent” Anderton #BLM)1557870987.0
@lyman_brian Oh, I see. It's not actually about preserving "life", it's about making sure pregnant women carry to… https://t.co/tyjH3MSBhn— Find the halfling! Ugh! Find the halfling! (@Find the halfling! Ugh! Find the halfling!)1557871528.0
@lyman_brian Life begins at conception but only when someone can be punished for conceiving.— The Season Of Jule (@The Season Of Jule)1557875201.0