Free Fertilized Eggs Need A Home?

Emily Douglas

Rep. Peter Roskam co-sponsored a bill that would require women who use in-vitro fertilization to carry every fertilized egg to term, or to find someone else who would -- and opponent Jill Morganthaler is targeting this bill in a new ad.

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) is anti-choice in more ways than one.  He opposes legal abortion in all cases — even when pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, or the woman’s life is in danger.  He is also a sponsor of a House bill that would bestow legal personhood on fertilized eggs.  Finally, he co-sponsored a bill that would require women who use in-vitro fertilization to carry every fertilized egg to term, or to find someone else who would.

It’s this last position that his opponent, Col. Jill Morganthaler, is targeting in a new video ad.

 

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On Daily Kos, Rep. Jan Schakowsky described the bill:

The dangers of this bill to women’s privacy rights are obvious. But
there are also less apparent dangers lurking under the surface – in the
Act’s sweeping, vague language. Consider this fact: if life begins at
fertilization, then every couple using in vitro fertilization to start
their family will be forced to carry every fertilized egg to term, or
find another woman who will. Often up to 15 eggs are fertilized in the
in vitro process. Does this sound crazy to you, too?

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