The vast majority of those who claim that they are pro-life actually aren’t. Rather, these people are pro-birth. There is a huge, and important difference.
That difference was put on display this week in Iowa when a female state lawmaker named Shannon Lundgren asserted to her fellow Human Resources Committee members that forcing a woman to carry a dead fetus to term is something reasonable.
She was asked by Democratic State Rep. John Forbes of his own pregnant daughter:
‘Worst case scenario, she talks to her doctor next Wednesday and her doctor tells her, we don’t see a heartbeat anymore in this child. Under this legislation, she would have to carry that baby until her life became endangered? Is that good medicine?’
The answer, of course, is that no, it’s not at all good medicine to force a woman to carry a dead fetus to term.
However, as mentioned, Lundgren asserted that it was.
She replied as follows to Rep. Forbes — who is a trained medical professional, having served as a past president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association:
‘Rep. Forbes, this bill wasn’t written for the intent to protect or govern, on the side of the woman. It was written to save babies’ lives. I would concur that — in that instance — if your daughter’s life is not in danger, that yes, she would have to carry that baby.’
Ironically, Lundgren got the basic facts wrong underlying her assertion, in that she claimed that the bill under discussion would allow for women to be forced to carry dead fetuses when, in fact, it wouldn’t. The Iowa State House’s Human Resources Committee was debating a ban on all abortions after twenty weeks of gestation, but it includes an exception for cases where the unborn child has died.
The bill that Lundgren herself sponsored and yet is apparently so utterly clueless about outlaws “the termination of a human pregnancy with the intent other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus.”
Thus, not only is there the issue of Republicans completely divorcing themselves from logic and actual sensible medicine via forcing a woman to carry a dead fetus to term, there is also the issue of them not actually caring all that much about due legislative process to the point where they don’t even know what their own bill says.
You can watch the wild conversation in the video below. The Iowa House GOP confirmed on Twitter that Rep. Lundgren misspoke about the implications of her bill, but they didn’t respond to a question about why she even defended carrying dead fetuses to term in the first place.
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