“Welcome to womanhood.”
These are the words usually told to a girl who has entered the pubescent stage in her life by starting her period. Whomever thought up that anecdote probably never imagined becoming a woman would cause other people to call them murderers.
That’s exactly what is happening now that Arizona has proposed a bill saying that the first day of life of a baby is “calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman,” kind of like Erwin Schrodinger’s Paradox saying a cat can be dead or alive depending on the random time you checked.
In layman’s terms, it means that as soon as a girl, any girl, has started her menstrual cycle she has given life to a baby. And that when the cycle ends, a baby is killed, making that girl a murderer. A cold blooded murderer.
The bill is yet another ridiculous pitch toward the attempt to outlaw abortion. Are they trying to say that a 13-year-old who has started her period is now pregnant? Is every girl in high school pregnant? Does a new MTV show have to be created to house them? How about they name it “Pubescent and Pregnant”? It might actually get good ratings!
Did the Arizona legislator not take any science classes while attending high school? Did nobody teach him “it takes two to tango”? How could a woman have a baby by simply ending her period? That egg has not been fertilized, there is no adjacent ‘Y’ or ‘X’ chromosome to complete that egg.
These legislators are allowed their opinion, after all there are two sides to the abortion issue; you are either pro-choice or pro-life. But there are better arguments, perhaps more creative arguments, that these fine university educated men can come up with than saying that the end of a menstruation cycle signifies a pregnancy.
If that were the case then a woman who has had her period since the age of 12 and stopped at age 45 can be accused of killing more than 360 babies. How stupid does that sound?
Furthermore, the law could be applied to any man who masturbated into a Kleenex. Aren’t those potential lives? Let’s tell guys they can’t masturbate anymore, see how well that works out.
Just imagine how difficult this would make dating or even marriage. A woman would be considered pregnant most of her Life. What man would want to saddle himself with that kind of burden? And in this society where people are hooking up after just having met, the baby could actually have multiple dads! So let’s not only call a woman a murderer but a filthy tramp too!
Most disturbing is the thought of a parent having to tell their pre-pubescent daughter that they are about to embark on a new journey in life and in that journey they will get fined every time they end their period. Then that brings up the question: How do they plan on punishing women for ending their period? Will they seriously charge them with manslaughter and put more than half the world’s population behind bars?
Unless a man has fertilized a woman’s egg with his sperm then life has NOT been created. If a woman were the single life source a baby needed then there would be no need for consummation to occur and it is doubtful that many man can agree to no sex. Unfortunately the birds and the bees come together to create little bountiful bundles of joy.
Maybe the wives of these legislators should realize they can have children on their own, and don’t need to have a husband. Or perhaps the next time their husbands bring up legislation that affects a woman’s body, they might decide to abstain from fruitful and multiplicative activities.
That, at least, might give our lawmakers pause.
“Welcome to womanhood.”