Representative Mike Moon (R-157) in Missouri has always been on the cutting edge of reproductive thought. But in presenting his argument for HJR18, a personhood piece of legislation, he tilted into an area that is concerning, not just for pro-choice defenders, but also for.. well, people who are worried about hygiene and sexual health.
In a back and forth discussion on the legislation at hand, Rep. Moon equated sperm with a tadpole, asserting they were both “alive”.
While NARAL quickly responded pointing out the difference, the fact the subject could be raised brings up serious concerns as to the state of sex education in Missouri, or in fact, basic biology. Also of concern is how women would adjust to this argument; after all, the idea of sex which involves the equivalent of tadpoles seems incredibly off-putting to say the least.
Moon, who represents Ash Grove, has often managed to get himself into trouble over legislative goals, including his plans to put refugees into camps. It is however, the predecessor to this bill, put forward last year, which raised national attention for Moon’s strict anti-choice status. Rep. Moon joined with other Republicans to advance a legislation over limiting or ending services in Missouri:
Rep. Mike Moon, an Ash Grove Republican who sponsored the “personhood” bill, compared the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion, to its 1857 Dred Scott ruling that concluded all blacks — slaves as well as free — were not and could never become citizens of the United States.
“The court got it wrong with Dred Scott,” Moon said Thursday. “With Roe vs. Wade, the court got it wrong.”
“The silence of those who want to protect the unborn is similar to the silence of Germans who stood by and allowed Jewish people to be slaughtered by the Nazis,” Moon said.
Even when pregnancy results from rape, abortion isn’t the answer, said Rep. Tila Hubrecht, a Stoddard County Republican.
“More violence is not the answer to a rape,” said Hubrecht, who earlier this week garnered national attention for referring to the birth of a child as a possible “silver lining” of a rape.
While Moon has waged a consistent effort to end abortion in Missouri, it is his new found lack of understanding of biology which brings up serious questions about his understanding of science. It boggles the mind, at least mine amongst many, to believe that a sitting representative could equate sperm to tadpoles, especially a representative from a rural area of the state where he is likely to have seen tadpoles up close.
That comparison today left NARAL and Planned Parenthood laughing in disbelief, and others somewhat puzzled as to how in the world the leap could ever be made.
But, for the sake of my sanity at least, it is a question to which I never, ever need to know the answer. Ever.
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