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Should this egg have more rights than the woman to whom it belongs?

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This is a fertilized human egg as pictured under a high-powered microscope. In actuality, it is about 1/10 of a millimeter in size (or 1/10,000th of a meter or 0.00394 inches).

According to a large group of powerful American politicians – including this group of U.S. congressmen and women [2]– this egg (however it was fertilized — even if by an act of extreme and horrifying violence — and whatever the circumstances of the woman carrying it) should have “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood” available under the U.S. Constitution.

Right now, Americans are engaged in a fundamental debate as to whether this remarkably extreme and terrifying point of view will hold sway in our country. It is hard to believe that it will, but it will also not go away if people do not stand up and speak out on the matter. Please do so when you get a chance.

(Photo is from the website SciTech Daily.com [3]).