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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Is there no end to the madness?

I just read this at Booman Tribune and am still reeling. It seems some holier-than-thou lawmaker wants to criminalize asexual births outside marriage. Yes, all ye harlots (and virgins) who taketh up a man's seed without benefit of actual sex, a ring and seven herds of goats (OK, maybe that's another country) will face incarceration - but only in Indiana.

Under the "Unauthorized Reproduction Bill," marriage would be a legal requirement for motherhood in Indiana. The actual language reads: " every woman in Indiana seeking to become a mother through assisted reproduction therapy such as in vitro fertilization, sperm donation, and egg donation, must first file for a "petition for parentage" in their local county probate court."

Further down, it says: " intended parent "who knowingly or willingly participates in an artificial reproduction procedure" without court approval, "commits unauthorized reproduction, a Class B misdemeanor." The criminal charges will be the same for physicians who commit "unauthorized practice of artificial reproduction."

The bill also states that only married women will be considered for the "gestational certificate" required to present to a doctor to faciliate pregnancy.

Republican (surprise) Senator Patricia Miller, who is the Health Finance Commission chair, is the sponsor for the bill. Her reasoning: "We did want to address the issue of whether or not the law should allow single people to be parents. Studies have shown that a child raised by both parents - a mother and a father - do better. So, we do want to have laws that protect the children."

When asked specifically if she believes marriage should be a requirement for motherhood, and if that is part of the bill's intention, Sen. Miller responded, "Yes. Yes, I do."

(I thought the right to procreate was inalienable. Silly me.)

My question now is: Could this legislation (if, god forbid it's passed) be extended later to include single women who get knocked up the old fashioned way? Somehow, me thinks this might be the ultimate goal.

The full legislative draft is available at the Health Finance Commission website.

Addendum Per

"A controversial proposed bill to prohibit gays, lesbians and single people from using medical procedures to produce a child has been dropped by its legislative sponsor.

State Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, issued a one-sentence statement Wednesday saying: 'The issue has become more complex than anticipated and will be withdrawn from consideration by the Health Finance Commission.'"

Now everyone, a collective sigh of relief.

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