Personhood USA Responds to Wilmington City Council “Tongue-in-Cheek” Personhood Resolution

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Personhood USA responds to the Wilmington, Delaware City Council resolution promoting sex cell rights.

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The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.

In a move described as a protest by Huffington Post writer Luke Johnson, the Wilmington, Delaware City Council passed a resolution in favor of legal protections for human gametes. The resolution, authored by Wilmington Councilwoman Loretta Walsh, was approved by a vote of 8-4.

“This kind of political showboating has no place in government, at any level,” said Personhood USA Spokesperson Jennifer Mason. “The people of Wilmington should take note that the City Council spends their time passing resolutions in jest instead of dealing with issues of importance to the community.”

The resolution states that “each 'egg person' and each 'sperm person' should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government and be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other dependent minor and be protected against abuse, neglect or abandonment by the parent or guardian.” It continues, stating that "laws should be enacted by all legislative bodies in the United States...forbidding every man from destroying his semen."

“Personhood has nothing to do with human sperm or eggs or preventing the creation of human beings,” continued Mason. “Instead, it has everything to do with recognizing the dignity of every human life and guaranteeing the basic rights that are inherent in every human being, from the moment our lives began, at conception. Trivializing the destruction of innocent human lives by inserting this kind of unscientific falsehood into the debate is beyond the pale.”

Embryologists including Keith L. Moore and T.V.N. Persaud in Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects write that "[The Zygote]…formed by the union of an ovum and a sperm, represents the beginning of a human being.”

Bruce M. Carlson in Patten's Foundations of Embryology states: “The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual."

J.P. Greenhill and E.A. Friedman in Biological Principles and Modern Practice of Obstetrics add: "The term conception refers to the union of the male and female pronuclear elements of procreation from which a new living being develops...The zygote thus formed represents the beginning of a new life."

Former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson once said, "There is simply no doubt that even the early embryo is a human being. All its genetic coding and all its features are indisputably human. As to being, there is no doubt that it exists, is alive, is self-directed, and is not the same being as the mother–and is therefore a unified whole."

When asked his opinion on the subject, prominent pro-abortion philosopher Peter Singer commented: "Whether a being is a member of a given species is something that can be determined scientifically, by an examination of the nature of the chromosomes in the cells of living organisms. In this sense there is no doubt that from the first moments of its existence an embryo conceived from human sperm and eggs is a human being.”

Professor of Genetics Dr. Jerome LeJeune stated in a 1981 U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing: "After fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being. It is no longer a matter of taste or is plain experimental evidence. Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception."

The Senate hearing determined: "Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being - a being that is alive and is a member of the human species. There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings."

Councilwoman Walsh told that the resolution was intended to be a “tongue-in-cheek” way to illustrate "the absurdity of men making health decisions for women."

In contrast, Mason explained, “The greater absurdity is defending the ability to make life and death decisions for preborn babies.”

"This blatant misrepresentation of the issue of personhood is typical of the minds that support abortion," Mason concluded. "The Wilmington resolution makes a mockery out of a serious discussion regarding our most basic of human rights, the right to life."

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