Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children: February 22, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

Yesterday, I mentioned the tribe of women who got me through my postpartum haze. They are some of the fiercest women I know. And today, one of them did something particularly fierce. 

Ohio Rep Pat Tiberi recently introduced the Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children Act. Doesn’t that sound so noble? Protecting dignity! What does it mean in reality? Aborted fetuses have to be cremated or buried. 

Just aborted fetuses, though. No provisions for women who miscarry. 

Let’s think about this for a second. What this means is that Rep. Tiberi thinks aborted fetuses demand more “dignity” than miscarried fetuses, which can be disposed of in any manner because again, there’s no provision in the bill for their treatment. 


What this means is that Rep. Tiberi doesn’t actually give a flying fuck about the dignity of human life but is instead only interested in shaming women who choose to exercise their constitutionally protected right to end a pregnancy by forcing them to add an extra and potentially more costly step (cremation or burial of tissue) to their routine medical procedure. 

I’ll take the second answer, Alex.

So, this fierce friend. She’s experienced both. An abortion during an unplanned pregnancy many years ago, and a heartbreaking miscarriage during a very wanted pregnancy more recently. She spoke to Pat Tiberi today to ask: why did her aborted fetus need a burial while her miscarried fetus did not?

She says he was stone-faced. It was like talking to a wall. Here’s my guess as to why: because there is literally no logical reason for his stance, other than the admission that this law is not about “dignity” but rather about shaming people seeking medical care and restricting access to abortion.

Here’s to my incredibly brave friend. Here’s to all the women speaking truth to power these days. May we continue to do so, and may that power crumble. 


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