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So. Can we talk about SPERM yet?
- Scientists are focused on epigenetics and the inheritance of sperm. Stress, trauma, toxic exposure, compromised nutrition and more all affect sperm and all can manifest themselves as INHERITABLE TRAITS. Even emotional distress experienced by men is expressed as an inheritable characteristic in his offspring.
- According to a multi-generational study of more than 1,000,000 people in Sweden, the children of men who are older than 50 are more than twice as likely to be autistic.After the man is 55 the likelihood of autism increases to 4.4 times. In a 2006 Michael Gantz, of the Harvard School of Public Health and author of the book Understanding Autism: From Basic Neuroscience to Treatment (CRC Press, 2006) estimated that “$35 billion annual societal cost for caring for and treating people with autism likely underestimates the true costs.”
- They also have a greater propensity to suffer from inherited bi-polar disorder and to be schizophrenic. A 2002 study, The Economic Burden of Schizophrenia in the United States, estimated the costs of this debilitating illness to be “$62.7 billion, with $22.7 billion excess direct health care cost ($7.0 billion outpatient, $5.0 billion drugs, $2.8 billion inpatient, $8.0 billion long-term care).”
- It’s also not just that there is an increased risk of illnesses like bi-polar disorders, critical genetically-borne abnormalities, autism and schizophrenia. Pregnancies resulting from sperm of men older than 35 are significantly more likely to result in spontaneous termination of pregnancies. The Wall Street Journal, in a move sure to scare the lights out of its core readership, reported that the rate of miscarriage more than doubled for men over 30 and increased by 75% for men over 40. A longitudinal study of nearly14,000 women ”found that the risk of miscarriage to expectant mothers was 60 per cent higher when the father was aged 40 or over compared to when he was 25-29 years old.”
And so….we are electing people inclined to penalize women for the outcomes of their pregnancies. An entire political party has a state-by-state “personhood for fetuses” agenda.
If a man over 35 has unprotected sex that results in a pregnancy with a much higher chance of spontaneous miscarriage, should society question his intent like Iowa did Christine Taylor’s when she slipped down her stairs and was arrested, investigated and imprisoned for attempted feticide?
Men over 35 having unprotected sex resulting in pregnancy significantly increase costs to society. Is it morally wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund organizations through tax breaks and religious exceptions that provide support for men who use Viagra and procreate after 35? Or, instead, are we all supposed to pay in obscene “disabled children are punishment for sins" manner espoused in 2010 by yet another ”sorry I misspoke” Republican state legislator?
Well, what about criminalizing harmful insemination with malice of forethought? Or, forcibly stopping older men from reproducing? South Dakota’s 2011 House Bill 1171 proposed making homicide justifiable if the person committing it does so to stop any attempted harm to an unborn fetus.
For ten years, Rep. Bobby Franklin, a Republican state legislator in Georgia proposed a bill that would would make all abortions, described as “prenatal murder,” illegal and would make it necessary for women to prove that their miscarriages were entirely “natural” and did not include “any human involvement whatsoever.” “Anyone,” meaning “ANYWOMAN,” convicted would face the death penalty or life behind bars by the terms of his bill. What if that human involvement was sex with a 55-year old man? A woman in Georgia might have to think seriously hard about prison fashion before having sex with an older man.
Miscarriage, autism, schizophrenia and more are what conservative personhood-crazy legislators call “bad pregnancy outcomes.” According to personhood logic (oxymoronic to be sure), fetuses die because older men selfishly have sex without thinking of the consequences of their actions. The illogical, philosophically, scientifically, ethically and bioethically spurious personhood agenda leads to this conclusion: men over 35 should not be having children. So, will conservative legislators, at least 87% if whom are men, most over 35, turn on themselves to legislate against fetal harm?
People really have to stop thinking of girls and women’s bodies as public resources and treating them like production facilities.