THE human body must have undergone some radical changes since I had my last biology class in secondary school, where I was shown that the largest internal organ is the liver, weighing between three and five pounds.
Not so, according to an Alabama lawmaker Republican state state Mary Sue McClurkin from Alabama. According to her, the FOETUS is the largest organ in the body, and this barmy belief was at the core of her sponsoring House Bill 57 — The Women’s Health and Safety Act — which would:
Make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications.
In a recent interview, McClurkin, a member of the Briarwood Presbyterian Church who serves on the board of directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association, explained:
When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body. That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.
In fact, a foetus weights about 0.6 lbw at 20 weeks.
McClurkin is also President of the Alabama Propane Gas Association. Just sayin’
Rep Jezebel’s Katie J M Baker responded:
My liver, heart, and skin are all very excited that we are now giving organs personhood rights, although the latter is slightly upset about losing out on its largest organ in the human body.
Critics have claimed that House Bill 57 is so restrictive that it would force many abortion clinics to close. Ambulatory clinic building codes that it requires mean that some clinics would have to spend millions on renovations. And banning out-of-state doctors would making staffing a challenge.
Pro-choice activist Sharon McClendon-Price said:
Instead of outlawing abortions, they’re just going to make it to the point where a clinic cannot operate in the state. That’s their goal.
Earlier this month, McClurkin’s bill was approved by the state House Health Committee, which made it eligible for a floor vote. A similar bill died last year after protests from from women’s rights activists.
Opponents of the bill complained that they were only given 60 seconds each to speak against a bill during the Health Committee hearing earlier this month, while supporters were given up to four minutes each.