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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

STEVE CATES: REGARDING HUMANITY AND HB1450

The Logic of Life

 

Webster’s Dictionary Definitions:

HUMAN

1: of, relating to, or characteristic of humans

2: consisting of humans

3a : having human form or attributes b : susceptible to or representative of the sympathies and frailties of human nature <such an inconsistency is very human — P. E. More>

BEING

1a : the quality or state of having existence b (1) : something conceivable as existing (2) : something that actually exists (3) : the totality of existing things c : conscious existence : life

2: the qualities that constitute an existent thing : essence; especially : personality

3: a living thing; especially : person

 

Black’s Law Definitions

Baby – Not defined

Being – Not defined

Embryo. 1. A developing but unborn or unhatched animal, esp., an unborn human from conception until development of organs (ie. Until about the eighth week of pregnancy).

Human – Not defined

Person 1. A human being.

Child. 1. A person under the age of majority 2. Hist At common law, a person who has not reached the age of 14 3. A boy or girl; a young person. 4. A son or daughter 5. A baby or fetus.

When not defined in Black's Law (the gold standard of legal definitions) the common usage is correct (human & being) to define Black's Law terms.

According to Webster, at the moment of conception the fertilized egg is in fact human and a being. Of that there is no doubt.

Wikipedia – Age Related Physical stages of human life

  • Prenatal (fertilization - birth)
    • Embryo - (fertilization - 8 weeks of gestational phase)
      • Zygote, the point of conception, fertilization
      • Blastocyst the period between conception and embryonic stages
      • Embryo; the embryonic period starts at three weeks and continues until the end of the 8th week of pregnancy
    • Fetus (8 weeks of gestational phase - birth)

The terms embryo, Zygote, Fetus are to designate a time period of the human life cycle, they do not infer a state of sub-humanity.

 

Coming Distractions of Planned Parenthood

Amy Jacobson, North Dakota Public Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD. In light of Ms. Jacobson’s recent articles concerning HB1450 and Planned Parenthood in general, I expected more prevarication and was not disappointed.  Below are excerpts from her article on the Planned Parenthood website at:

http://www.plannedparenthoodadvocate.org/content/north_dakota_house_passed_dangerous_personhood_bill...again

Fertilized Egg Deception

“These are dangerous days for the women and families of North Dakota. Today the North Dakota House of Representatives passed House Bill 1450; a bill which seeking to define a fertilized egg as a human being. ……”

“Personhood gives fertile eggs the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in its pre-pregnancy state. That is right, pre-pregnancy! By medical definition pregnancy begin at the point when a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus.  But North Dakota’s Representatives have voted to overrule the standards, definitions, and procedures of the medical community; apparently they know what’s best for women.”

As a fertilized human egg is most certainly a living thing and is absolutely human HB1450 does not as claimed by Ms. Jacobson seek “to define a fertilized egg as a human being” but instead attempts to put into North Dakota law a well established scientific fact. In consideration of Planned Parenthoods “fertilized egg” deception, consider the medical textbook statements of fact:

“Almost all higher animals start their lives from a single cell, the fertilized ovum (zygote)... The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.” - [Carlson, Bruce M. Patten’s Foundations of Embryology. 6th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996, p. 3]

 

“The development of a human begins with fertilization, a process by which the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.” - [Sadler, T.W. Langman’s Medical Embryology. 7th edition. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins 1995, p. 3]

 

“Zygote. This cell, formed by the union of an ovum and a sperm (Gr. zyg tos, yoked together), represents the beginning of a human being. The common expression ‘fertilized ovum’ refers to the zygote.” - [Moore, Keith L. and Persaud, T.V.N. Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. 4th edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1993, p. 1]

So it would seem that “voted to overrule the standards, definitions, and procedures of the medical community” is not true as being  perpetrated by Planned Parenthood. Ms. Jacobson goes on to state that:

“The goal of Personhood legislation is clear: it was crafted specifically to reach a divided Supreme Court in an attempt to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade decision. ..”

I would take issue with that statement by this logic: Putting scientific TRUTH into the North Dakota Century Code is ALWAYS a good idea. If TRUTH challenges Roe v Wade it is nor HB1450 or the North Dakota Legislature that would challenge but FACT.

Ms. Jacobson further asserts that ““Here a just a few of the ramifications of the perilous Personhood bill…”:

“-In vitro fertilization could be banned, as fertilized eggs would have full legal rights.”

This is false as the bill explicitly states that under the construction heading “…do not apply” saying, “c. The creation of a new human being through in vitro fertilization, but in no case does this section excuse or justify causing the death of a human being.”

Ms. Jacobson then states that:

“-The same is true of some stem cell research and some methods of birth control (like the Pill).”

Again under the heading “…do not apply”: “d. Contraception administered before a clinically diagnosable pregnancy of a woman.”

Then Ms. Jacobson further claims:

“-Should this bill become law in North Dakota, women who suffer miscarriages or pregnancy complications could be investigated for homicide, manslaughter or reckless endangerment.”

“More frightening is the brave new world in which women will live if this bill becomes law. The new definition of human being would leave women needing to know their body was carrying a fertilized egg immediately upon the union of her egg and a sperm…..”

The bill is explicit in stating that:

“3. Sections 12.1 - 16 - 01 through 12.1 - 16 - 03 apply only to the principal actor, other than the pregnant woman, with respect to criminal conduct upon a person who has not yet been born.”

 

Planned Parenthood killed 332,278 unborn babies in 2009 at an average of approximately $600 per infanticide, and that calculates to at least $199,366,800. During 2009 American taxpayers provided Planned Parenthood with 363.2 million dollars in grants and contracts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

Avatar for Tiffany Deering

Thank you! When I saw the PP ad on Facebook with it’s outrageous claims, I knew something was up. Hopefully people will have the sense to research the truth, the credibility of Amy Jacobson is permanently damaged and she needs to be replaced. She is doing women no favors by making up lies about this bill and defeating her own and Planned Parenthood’s purpose. There needs to be a “Learn the Truth about HB1450” advertisement on Facebook that links HERE

Tiffany Deering on March 31, 2011 at 12:48 am
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