Let’s talk about fertilized eggs. Read up on the stages of human embryological development and you’ll see what a tiny, tiny thing a fertilized egg is. Read some more and you’ll figure out that many stages of development, over many days, must occur before an embryonic disc develops so much as a neural groove. You’ll learn that individual neurons don’t even begin to connect until the 10th week of gestation. You’ll learn that those embryonic neurons haven’t moved to their proper positions for cortical brain function until 20-24 weeks of gestation. Even then the structures of the brain aren’t set.
Read about the actuality of human embryonic development (in the brain and elsewhere) and you’ll begin to comprehend how very distant from cognizant babyhood a first-trimester embryo or even second-trimester fetus is. Read more and you’ll discover how far a fertilized egg is from either of those. Read about the “human rights from conception” policy ideas of even the so-called “moderate” Republicans like John McCain and you’ll realize that there isn’t a “moderate” gap between the image Republicans maintain of fertilized eggs as “babies” and scientific observations. The gap is huge.
The gap is consequential, and not only for fertilized eggs. The gap is consequential for young girls, who Republicans in their confusion would mandate carry their fertilized eggs to term. The gap is consequential for schools in America, some of which make contraception available to students. The gap is consequential for local communities that decide to set school policy in that fashion. In their confusion between a baby and a fertilized egg, Republicans are trying to take away the ability of communities and schools to decide how they will approach the issue of contraception, are trying to take away to the ability of communities and schools to offer young pregnant girls a choice.
H.R. 2458 is a bill introduced by Republican Representative Doug Lamborn and cosponsored by 43 House Republicans. It would punish schools choosing to make “post-coital contraception” (also known as the “Morning After Pill”) available by revoking all federal funding for those schools…
… because for Republicans, their desire to squelch the decisions of communities, schools and young girls regarding fertilized eggs is paramount.