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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Its for the children

Is this for real?

Republican lawmakers are drafting new legislation that will makemarriage a requirement for motherhood in the state of Indiana,including specific criminal penalties for unmarried women who dobecome pregnant "by means other than sexual intercourse."
According to a draft of the recommended change in state law, everywoman in Indiana seeking to become a mother throu gh assistedreproduction therapy such as in vitro fertilization, sperm donation,and egg donation, must first file for a "petition for parentage" intheir local county probate court.
Only women who are married will be considered for the "gestationalcertificate" that must be presented to any doctor who facilitates thepregnancy. Further, the "gestational certificate" will only be givento married couples that successfully complete the same screeningprocess currently required by law of adoptive parents.
As it the draft of the new law reads now, an intended parent "whoknowingly or willingly participates in an artificial reproductionprocedure" without court approval, "commits unauthorizedreproduction, a Class B misdemeanor." The criminal charges will bethe same for physicians who commit "unauthorized practice ofartificial reproduction."

Please tell me this is a joke and that we aren't living in some Orwellian/Handmaidens Tale nightmarish future!!

I'm no legal mind, but here is the draft law...see if any of you can make sense of it.

Sen. Miller believes the requirement of marriage for parenting isfor the benefit of the children that result from infertilitytreatments.
"We did want to address the issue of whether or not the law shouldallow single people to be parents. Studies have shown that a childraised by both parents - a mother and a father - do better. So, wedo want to have laws that protect the children," she explained.
When asked specifically if she believes marriage should be arequirement for motherhood, and if that is part of the bill'sintention, Sen. Miller responded, "Yes. Yes, I do."

For the children people....for the children.


Blogger Dave Justus said...

Whenever anyone say 'for the children' they are trying to take away your rights.

Of course the idea of government getting control of reproduction has a long pedigree on both the left and the right. While there are some interesting thoughts, and it is possible that such a thing could solve some problems, that kind of power is too much for the government to have.

I don't believe any government can have that kind of power without being totalitarian. It simply isn't possible.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

There may be less here than meets the eye.

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