Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Illegal procreation

Unauthorized Reproduction bill has been drafted
Republican lawmakers are drafting new legislation that will make marriage a requirement for motherhood in the state of Indiana, including specific criminal penalties for unmarried women who do become pregnant “by means other than sexual intercourse.”


Only women who are married will be considered for the "gestational certificate" that must be presented to any doctor who facilitates the pregnancy. Further, the "gestational certificate" will only be given to married couples that successfully complete the same screening process currently required by law of adoptive parents.
This truly sickens me.

First you've got the misogynist woman-control brigade penalizing women who get pregnant outside of marriage, while as far as I can tell there is no penalty for the men who impregnate women outside of marriage. It is the same age-old tradition of forcing women to deny their own sexuality by refraining from extramarital sex while making no comment on men doing the same thing.

Then there is the whole issue of marriage even being relevant to having children, which is isn't. There are certain economic benefits to marriage, but there is no fundamental reason why two unwed partners can't raise a child identically to those who said a few words in front of an officiant.

On top of that is the ridiculous "natural is better" argument that implies that sexual intercourse is the only appropriate means of procreation.

[via Feministe]


  1. Damn, that bill is straight out of a sci-fi novel. That shit is just wacked out.

    If the Dems ever grew a pair, they'd use this type of shit against the Republicans.

  2. I have a sneaking suspicion that if the future isn't as utterly badass as I think it could be, it will be the Republicans' fault. Though most evil these days is.