Wilmington City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh was fed up with the recent spate of fetal personhood bills, which aim to declare that a woman’s fertilized egg is somehow the same as a “person.” So she decided to challenge those bills by introducing one of her own — a resolution to recognize the sacred life present in each sperm. Walsh drafted a resolution aimed at making it illegal for men to waste sperm. According to the language of the resolution:
[E]ach ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government and be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other dependent minor and be protected against abuse, neglect or abandonment by the parent or guardian.
That means, if passed, it would be illegal for men to waste semen for anything other than purely procreative purposes. Amazingly, the very tongue-in-cheek resolution passed the council.
As Walsh explained, it was her way of making a point about “the absurdity of men making health decisions for women.” But Michael A. Brown Sr., the lone Republican council member, wasn’t particularly thrilled with her move. “It was cute to some folks when she lashed out two weeks ago,” he said. “but a lot of people I spoke to and [who] spoke to me said that wasn’t funny.” [Delaware Online]