I already posted some audio bits where Glenn Beck equated abortion to slavery. That was already the most flawed logic I had seen so far in the pro-life camp. However, yet again, reality does a good job dispelling me of the notion that it cannot get worse. Courtesy of Amendment 62 Arguments Get Stranger and Stranger, I just came across this:
First the Amendment 62 people announced that not giving personhood to eggs was akin to slavery. Now, the rhetoric has been upped even higher, as the leader of the movement states that using the phrase “fertilized egg” is as derogatory as a racial slur.
“I think it’s important to note with the term fertilized egg, that’s the same thing as using the N word for an African American,” said [Keith Mason, the President for Personhood U.S.A.] “Because it’s a dehumanizing term and it’s not based in science. The term would be a zygote, or an embryo, speaking of a unique individual.”
Leaving aside the laughter inducing logic here, I wish someone could explain to me what exactly is derogatory about fertilized egg. It is no secret that I am rabidly pro choice, however, let’s entertain the argument from the pro life perspective for a second. Let’s assume there is a valid reason to consider personhood for a fetus (there isn’t, but just for a moment, let’s consider the validity of the argument). Even if we consider a fetus a person, what exactly would be derogatory in the term “fertilized egg”? If “fertilized egg”, a developmental stage is derogatory, what about “baby”? Or “toddler”? What exactly, in a personhood/ ethics/ human rights debate makes a naming convention that refers to a stage in cellular division offensive?
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