Saturday, April 4, 2009

Some sanity in North Dakota


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Senate has rejected legislation to bestow human rights on fertilized human eggs, whether they be in the womb or in a laboratory.

Senators voted 29-16 Friday to reject legislation that sought to define as a human being "any organism with the genome of homo sapiens." The "personhood" status would include a developing embryo from the moment of conception, whether inside or outside the womb.

Just to remind everyone, Ron Paul sponsored a bill in Congress to define fetuses as persons under the law, a similar bit of madness that would have had similar ripple effects (except multiplied times fifty, since it would have applied to all the states.)

I'm almost surprised the North Dakota legislation fell flat on its face.

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