Letters: Questions about Colorado’s fertilized egg measure
Vail CO, Colorado
In regards to the recently proposed measure to allow legal rights in Colorado for fertilized human eggs, there are some questions that may not have been considered. Among them:
Does a fertilized egg have the right to use a woman’s body against her will?
Does any party, whether a private individual, an organization or society as a whole have the right to force a woman, against her will, to surrender her body to a fertilized egg?
Does a woman have the right to defend herself against a fertilized egg that is using her body against her will, even if the only way to stop the fertilized egg is to employ deadly force against it?
If a woman’s body is being used against her will by a fertilized egg, is society obligated to help her in defending herself against it?
If a fertilized egg has rights under Colorado law, is it required to obey Colorado law as well, even though obedience will result in its death.
If you substitute “already born party” for “fertilized egg,” I suspect that the laws in Colorado will state that already-born parties do not have the right to use a woman’s body against her will, even if the name of saving their own lives or the lives of other parties. They will also support her right to defend herself from the crime of being assaulted and will even provide help (in the form of publicly-funded police officers) in protecting her right to not be assaulted.
Given that women have all this legal protection from the already born, how can women not have the same protection from fertilized eggs, to say nothing of embryos and fetuses?
Julie A. Robichaud
San Antonio, Texas