Iowa bill introduced by nine Republicans would jail raped women for ‘murder’ of single-cell zygotes

What war on women? A bill introduced by nine Republican state lawmakers in Iowa on Wednesday would define abortion as “murder,” sending doctors and raped women who terminate pregnancies to jail. So, if a woman is a victim of rape and/or incest, and wants to terminate the pregnancy, she will be defined as a murderer. As noted above, the doctor too would be considered a murderer.


Via Raw Story:

State Rep. Tom Shaw says that he authored House File 138 to protect human life, whether “you’re a zygote, an infant, a teenager or an adult.”

The bill defines a “person” as “an individual human being, without regard to age of development, from the moment of conception, when a zygote is formed, until natural death.”

“Murder includes killing another person through any means that terminates the life of the other person including but not limited to the use of abortion-inducing drugs,” the measure states without making any exceptions for rape or incest.

Republican state Rep. Rob Bacon, who is co-sponsoring the bill, told the Ames Tribune that he wanted to “protect the life of the unborn” because “[t]here’s still some of us that believe life begins at conception.”

During a Wednesday interview with Denver Bible Church pastor Bob Enyart, Shaw explained that defining a fertilized egg as a “person” in Iowa’s murder statute “just simplifies everything.”

“So when anyone has any questions towards us — the war on women, are you doing this, are you doing that? — no, it’s a simple response,” he insisted. “We are only defining who a person is.”

Shaw further added, “There was a lot of concern with former bills about who would be charged, what would they be charged with… This puts it in the hands of county attorneys, just like any other murder investigation. A person is a person.”

For the record: Zygote:

zygote, “fertilized egg cell that results from the union of a female gamete (egg, or ovum) with a male gamete (sperm). In the embryonic development of humans and other animals, the zygote stage is brief and is followed by cleavage, when the single cell becomes subdivided into smaller cells.”

Which means, it’s not life yet.

The female victim’s rapist would possibly go to prison. The pregnant woman would too if she decided to have an abortion and would spend more years in prison than her rapist. There is a war on women. And on biology, science and common sense.

  • BrooklynDame

    I just can’t deal with this level of stupidity anymore. It’s exhausting…MASSIVE #GOPFAIL #FundEducation #Science

  • Ahab

    NOT THIS AGAIN! Will the anti-abortion zealots ever give up?

    • Anomaly One Hundred

      This is the worst attack yet on women. I remember talking to a Republican not so long ago and they said it would never go this far. I knew that it would.

    • Randall E. Winn

      They’re like internet trolls. They won’t give up because they love the attention. Unlike trolls, however, they have to be put down.

  • DeNeice Kenehan

    They are ignoring the law of the nation, overriding the US Supreme Court, unchallenged.

  • Biting Reality

    Iowa needs to be cleared of the misogyny once and for all. There was a time Iowa was not this conservative but the FDR generation is now all dead and their progeny are dumb as a box of rocks – guess intelligence and moral compass skips a few generations and psychosis embedded in this generation of political Iowans

  • Stanton Fink

    I read this, and thought “This already happened.” Then I remembered it was only Arizona.

  • JimmyPete

    my God they really think that women wont try back alley abortions, what world do these Republicans live in ????

  • Atremus Kline Coniferious

    they have no death penalty in Iowa, so truly keeping to ‘pro-life’

  • Christopher Alan Shaner

    “Murder includes killing another person through any means that terminates the life of the other person” So If the mother dies from childbirth does that mean they’ll lock the baby up for murder ?