Alabama Lawmaker Confused About Fetuses and Organs

Mary Sue McClurkin (Source: State of Alabama)

Mary Sue McClurkin (Source: State of Alabama)

An anti-abortion bill in Alabama would close abortion clinics whose doctors that don’t have admitting privileges at local hospitals. State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin’s bill is similar to other bills being introduced in many states. McClurkin claims it is not intended to close abortion clinics but to make them safer even though there is no evidence to suggest the facilities are dangerous.

What stands out in the advocacy of this bill by McClurkin is her ignorance. McClurkin is not able to distinguish between a fetus and an organ.

“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,” McClurkin said.

Needless to say, a fetus is not an organ. An organ is a collection of tissues designed for a specific function. A fetus, of course, has its own organs. If it was an organ, it would upend the pro-life argument that a fetus is a person. Furthermore, the personhood bills being pushed in many states would not even make sense.

Before pushing anti-abortion bills or any other dealing with anatomy, McClurkin needs a refresher course on human physiology. It’s hard to take seriously an argument about human health when the proposer doesn’t even understand how the human body works.

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