This is my rant and objections about the Vermont State law in process. You are free not to read. It frightens me that this may be politics at its worst.
I worry so much about our country. What I see happening is the decline of our ethical standards. Another state, Vermont, has changed their abortion law. So there is no misunderstanding of what it says here is the link to the bill itself.
The applicable part is below.
2 § 9493. INDIVIDUAL REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
13 (a) Every individual has the fundamental right to choose or refuse
14 contraception or sterilization.
15 (b) Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to
16 choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or to have an
The bill sounds pretty comparable to the laws of some other states until you get to part (C)
(c) A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights
under Vermont law
Even though I am a nurse and understand what the word fetus means I looked for a definition.
Dictionary result for fetus
an unborn offspring of a mammal, in particular an unborn human baby more than eight weeks after conception.
synonyms: embryo, fertilized egg, unborn baby, unborn child“antibodies are passed via the placenta to the fetus”
Notice that no definition of that word is present in the bill. It is deliberately ambiguous for most people. We don’t usually hear it applied to full term, viable, infants. However, it does apply to them. I find this reprehensible. Naturally they did not use the word “baby” as that would have been a trigger.
I have talked about how we can’t spend our life in “what if’s” but it is time where we must look ahead. Is aborting a full term baby murder? If it isn’t we have just allowed murder. Now the “fetus” has no rights at all. I guess I have seen so many babies born and fight to live and I have loved and cared for them I am in tears at the thought of this.
“What if” a teen gets pregnant and is able to hide it to full term and disposes of the baby in a trash can. Is this murder? Maybe not under that law. She can claim that she was aborting it. This is not pie in the sky. I have cared for infants found this way and still alive.
My hope is that most women would not carry to full term and then choose to “abort.”I hope that most women will make a decision about this early on and that only exigent circumstance will cause this to be an issue. I hope no one is willing to do it to test the law but I can’t be sure of that.
I have seen babies die and have always felt the sorrow of that loss of life. Life is precious. I would like for the people who have drafted and passed this bill and those who will do so in the next house be present when such a late term abortion of a perfectly normal baby is carried out. It seems that is the least they could do. I certainly could never be present at the MURDER of a BABY.