Goodbye road repair. Goodbye police protection.
Goodbye fire fighters and robbery detection.
Goodbye schools, goodbye traffic rules.
Goodbye licensed cabs. Goodbye DNA labs.
And goodbye to preventive vaccine jabs . . ..
Why, you may ask. Why indeed.
North Dakota’s senate and Kansas’s house of representatives have voted to spend billions on unnecessary criminalization of normal, in fact, healthy and inevitable developmental processes. Which will leave them little money for road repair, etcetera. I’m not sure why the lawyers in their legislative bodies didn’t warn them.
What? You hear them squawk.
Oh, that, you murmur. No big deal. Protection, yeah, that’s it, protection.
Whoa, hold on. If a fertilized egg is a person, and if it somehow fails to complete the nine-month journey to birth, that means – of course it does – homicide and potential murder. Right?
Follow me down this slippery slope you’ve created.
In order to determine that there is, in your view, a human in existence, you will need to test – on a daily if not hourly basis – every female child or adult of childbearing age in your state. Even those visiting for seminars and conferences, or celebrating Grandma’s 60th birthday. That means every female between . . . oh, let’s play safe and call it from eight years old to 60. Oops, that means Grandma, too, but of course in order to catch outliers, you need to be generous with your terms.
So somehow, every day, every female from third-grade to five-years-from-Medicare will need to take some sort of test (blood? saliva? pheromones?) to determine whether she’s carrying a human being within her.
If she is, you have to follow her. Medically, of course, unless you really want to pay officers to shadow tweens to determine whether they’re hitting that tennis ball just a tad too hard.
And if that fertilized egg – sorry, human being – fails to thrive? If a spontaneous abortion, AKA miscarriage, occurs, as it does in what reputable medical researchers estimate is at least one-third of pregnancies? Even though miscarriage is nature’s way of making sure fertilized eggs with faulty genetics don’t continue?
Well, hell. You’re going to have to use the rest of your taxes, beyond what you’ve already invested in surveillance and testing, to investigate the potential criminality of the erstwhile pregnant citizen. Was it a planned abortion? Was it “accidental”? I put that word in quotes because you will need to, as well. As every good 19th-century gynecologist knows, miscarriages happen for a variety of reasons: climbing stairs; riding a horse astride; sex with one’s husband, and so on. Add to those the possibility of miscarrying on a flight to ND/KS, or perhaps working long hours while teaching school. Wait, there will be no schools, you won’t be able to afford them. So much the better. That will force everyone to homeschool their children. Or, you know, not.
If the investigation determines that the pregnant citizen may have been at fault for taking a swim in a brisk lake?
Out comes the grand jury. The indictment. Incarceration (her children will just have to get along without their mom, her husband without his wife) and trial. With a guilty verdict, jail or prison. Again, the children will suffer, but what do you care?
You’ve just jailed a woman guilty of nothing but possessing a human body which God has designed to rid itself of some genetic errors.
Naturally, you’ll have to let violent criminals out of prison early in order to make room for citizens who have done nothing wrong.
Also, you’ve bankrupted your state and made it unlikely to be selected as the destination for national and regional conferences and tourism.
So what! You’ve declared your interest. You’ve shown you support children. From conception to birth, anyway, the most important months, and that’s what counts.
Until a member of your family is pregnant, or hit by a driver running a red light. Oh, dear . . ..
Goodbye traffic light maintenance.