There goes that whole GOP personhood meme… unless, of course, Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin thinks an organ should have the right to vote, own a gun, and carry misspelled signs calling President Obama a gay Marxist commie Kenyan. I can see the protests now: Organs’ rights! Organs’ rights! Or as Texans would scrawl, ograns’:
When asked why she would vote to limit the ability for women in Alabama to get abortions, McClurkin gave an answer that’s left more than a few people confused:
“When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body,” McClurkin said in an interview Thursday. “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.“
One, it’s not a child, it’s a fetus.
And two, as BuzzFeed notes, not only is McClurkin physiologically confused (and sadly-yet-comically ignorant), she also failed to realize that the average human liver is larger than the average 20-week-old fetus. And that human skin is an organ, our largest organ, another organ that’s larger than a fetus… which is not an organ.
2 a : a differentiated structure (as a heart, kidney, leaf, or stem) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism
b : bodily parts performing a function or cooperating in an activity <the eyes and related structures that make up the visual organs>
If a fetus were an organ (I just had a momentary mental image of Barbara Walters asking a celebrity, “If you were an organ, what kind of organ would you be?”), there should be no objection by pro-forced-birthers to removal, unless of course, they are also opposed to life-saving medical procedures.
Which many who are anti-abortion under any circumstances are.
It’s becoming clearer than ever that when the Republicans expressed a desire to reinvent themselves, they meant morphing into something even stupider than Bobby Jindal imagined.