The Personhood Act- The Opinion
1. Either read ALL of it, or stop now. (This will be long and involved. Consider yourself warned.)
2. If you haven’t read The Personhood Act yet, do that first.
I’ve been avoiding writing about this for a couple of months now.
I don’t like getting involved in politics. That’s why I vote.
This subject, however, has me in an interesting position.
I’m in medical school. I’m a mom. And I’m a worship pastor’s wife.
So this act affects every part of my life.
I didn’t want to write my opinions about it, because I really don’t want to make people mad. But then I had to ask myself “Why am I writing this blog anyway?”
I hate fluff. I hate it when people avoid things. I hate wasting my time with surface talk. I also hate it when people decide to be vocal about something that they have not researched themselves.
And really when it comes down to it, I really don’t care if people get mad. I may lose some readers. I may lose some respect (though if your respect for me is based on the idea that our opinions are the same, I can’t say that I really want it anyway).
So, I suppose, I must practice what I preach—and be true to why I even started this blog in the first place.
I want to educate, inform, and get you thinking.
I would ask that you understand a couple of things.
1. I am in no way trying to be disrespectful of anyone or any organization.
2. I don’t apologize for my opinion. And neither should you.
3. Please don’t get mad at me. Please don’t “pity” me. Please don’t think I am “deceived”. I’m not.
4. I really have entered into this with a lot of prayer.
I’m pretty conservative. Well. For some reason I hate saying it, but I’m very conservative. I like my guns, capitalism, free speech, etc. Maybe I don’t like saying it because I just don’t like to argue about it. Anyway…
I would consider myself to be overall “Pro-Life” in the whole abortion scene.
This Act has been labeled and advertised as “Pro-Life”.
Unfortunately, this is a very bad case of false advertising.
In my opinion, The Oklahoma Personhood Act is an absolutely horrible idea, and I stand 100% against it.
(There, I said it—let the tomatoes start being pelted.)
Let me explain.
This proposed amendment is so broad that it makes no exceptions, no exclusions—nothing.
There are too many implications.
I may or may not agree with everything listed below, but it’s more for an understanding of how this can affect everyone in some way in a negative fashion. (The headings for each topic are links to reliable websites for more information about the specifics.) For example:
- Ectopic Pregnancy is where fertilization occurs outside of the uterus and the pregnancy will not progress successfully. Sometimes, in order to prevent shock and even death of the mother, the fertilized egg has to be removed surgically.
- Infertility Treatment– This Act could ultimately lead to the requirement to implant every embryo created. This means that if you have 10 eggs fertilized, you will be required to implant them all. OR, if you don’t want to run that “risk” of having 10 children, you would only implant 1 or 2, which may mean less of a chance of the fertility treatment working.
- Female Specific Cancers- I worked with breast cancer patients for two years before coming to medical school. No one plans cancer. And, unfortunately, we are seeing a rise in hormone-related cancers in younger and younger populations. Often when one of these cancers is discovered in a younger female, it is an aggressive cancer that must be treated very quickly for there to be any hope for survival—and it always involves chemotherapy. Not only do the mother’s hormones produced in pregnancy usually “feed” the cancer, any chemotherapy is detrimental to a pregnancy. “Well that doesn’t happen”. It happens more than you think. I’ve seen it. And it’s devastating for everyone involved. And while you may say “Well, that was the choice you made when you decided to be sexually active”, what about their other children? Their husbands?
- Miscarriages– Most of us can probably say that we know someone who has had a miscarriage. It can be a very devastating experience for everyone. And in the middle of that devastation, this law could lead to a required investigation of you (your wife, your sister, your mother, etc) to make certain that it wasn’t intentional. We also know that once a woman has had a miscarriage, they are at a much greater risk of another. It could be implicated from this act that we would prevent someone from becoming pregnant after a certain number of miscarriages because we know that their body is probably going to create a life, only to destroy it again before being able to carry a child to term.
I understand and agree that it is very ridiculous for someone to continue getting pregnant repeatedly and choosing to repeatedly get abortions.
But this doesn’t just prevent that.
From this, it could be mandated that natural home births would not be allowed because of the potential harm to the baby. It could follow that a mother could be held criminally responsible for not taking their prenatal vitamins at the exact same time everyday.
If you disagree, watch this. Other states have already passed similar laws.
Again, I don’t like abortion. It’s not something that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
But sometimes, if the definition of abortion is removal of a fertilized egg, it is necessary.
There is so much more to why I think the way that I do.
You are more than welcome to e-mail me (or call me if you know me).
I encourage dialogue, though if you are being ridiculous, I will delete it.
This is not about tearing people down, guilt, condemnation, or anything like that—and I will not let you make it that on this blog.
So, please post—but think before you do it. You can present an opposing opinion without being snide—and without just posting links.
If you think something, explain it in your own words.
And whether we agree or not, that’s fine.
“Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let man label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide one way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country- hold up your head! You have nothing to be ashamed of.” – Mark Twain