The following is a post from my friend, and Virginia Gentleman Contributor, Tyler Bamberg
"Awaiting a vote in the Courts of Justice Committee is HB1440 Introduced by Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas). This bill is designed to specifically add unborn children at the point of conception to be considered as a “person” under state law. More than 150 anti-abortion activists rallied at Capitol Square on Thursday to urge Gov. Bob McDonnell to support abortion clinic regulations such as HB1428 and other “pro-life” bills such as HB1440.
Some pro-choice opposition states that there are some serious implications to be considered in this bill. To change the legal definition of “person” can be dangerous. Pro-Choice critics ask “at what point does an unborn child become an unborn child in this bill?” Well as this bill reads in section § 5. “
“As used in this section, the term "unborn children" or "unborn child" shall include all unborn child or children or the offspring of human beings from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development.” And it starts in section § 1 by stating “The life of each human being begins at conception.”
One pro-choice person who opposed the bill wrote on RichmondSunlight.com the below arguments
cindi writes: “Will Virginia add a "Fetus" to their health insurance pool? Is the usage of a condom pre meditated murder? How about birth control pills, do you consider the usage of those pre meditated murder? If life begins at conception any means to prevent that life would be murder. . .This bill is ludicrous.”
Well let’s step back and take a look at these arguments. As weird at it may seem actually yes, you very well may and should be able to get insurance. However, what you casually call a “fetus” I call a child. Section § 3. States “The natural parents of unborn children have protect-able interests in the life, health, and well-being of their unborn child.” Yes, as the natural parents you could get insurance just like any of your other children. Next, is the use of a condom and/or birth control pills pre-meditated murder? Obviously this one wasn’t very well thought out as an argument as the answer is No and is clearly stated in section § 1. The life of each human being begins at conception. If life starts at conception then obviously if you use a condom you haven’t killed anything, conception has not occurred yet. If anything this bill will help to force people to make smarter choices about safer sex practices and birth control.
The end of her argument states “If life begins at conception any means to prevent that life would be murder. . .This bill is ludicrous.” Incorrect, you cannot kill something that does not exist yet therefore safe sex practices are still not murder. If her statement was correct that would mean every time a male tries to inseminate a woman and the sperm does not fertilize the egg , the mother (being responsible for her body) is guilty of committing murder!. Obviously that isn’t true and is quite a ridiculous notion.…
I support people like the Bearing Drift who support this 'Person hood' amendment. We all believe that life begins at conception and that this life should be protected.
This bill needs to be passed. Please contact the members of the Courts of Justice Committee to vote for HB 1440, by 3:00 PM, Friday, February 4. Thank you."