Resolution gives rights to sperm

March 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM
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WILMINGTON, Del., March 4 (UPI) -- Human sperm would have equal protection under the law under a resolution passed by the Wilmington, Del., City Council last week, its sponsor said.

The resolution would confer the "rights of personhood" on every human sperm and would forbid men from destroying their semen, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.

The resolution, passed on a 8-4 vote Thursday, said, "Laws should be enacted by all legislative bodies in the United States to promote equal representation, and should potentially include laws in defense of 'personhood,' forbidding every man from destroying his semen."

Loretta Walsh, the Wilmington councilwoman who introduced the resolution, last month protested a Virginia bill that would require women to have an intrusive trans-vaginal ultrasound before having an abortion, the Wilmington News Journal reported. Her resolution was a "tongue-in-cheek" way of focusing attention on what she said was "the absurdity of men making health decisions for women."

"What's good for the gander is good for the goose," Walsh said

Councilman Paul F. Ignudo Jr., who voted against the measure, said he didn't think it was appropriate for the council to send a "sarcastic, snarky and tongue-in-cheek" resolution to lawmakers.

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