Denver, CO – 03/13/12 – In a move described as a “protest” against the advancement of equal personhood rights for every human being, the Wilmington, Delaware City Council has passed a resolution supporting legal protections for human gametes. The resolution, authored by Wilmington Councilwoman Loretta Walsh, passed by a vote of 8-4, with one member voting “present.”
“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, promoting laws “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.”
For decades, the scientific consensus has been that human life begins at conception.
Keith L. Moore and T.V.N. Persaud write in Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects 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 writes, “The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.” And Douglas Considine writes in Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia, “At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun.”
Councilwoman Walsh told DelawareOnline.com 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 caustic 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.”