Washington, Feb. 19 (ANI): Republican from Alabama, Mary Sue McClurkin is pushing for legislation that would impose restrictions on abortion clinics, a move that she said was necessary because the procedure is a major surgery that removes the largest 'organ' in a woman's body.
McClurkin told the Montgomery Advertiser that when a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body.
She added that that's a big thing. A woman does not have any other organs in her body that is bigger than that.
A 'child' is not a bodily 'organ'. Indeed, children have organs of their own, and the largest human organ is actually the skin, the Huffington Post reports.
According to National Geographic, adults carry about eight pounds of skin, which is slightly above the average weight of a newborn baby.
McClurkin's argument actually undermines the 'personhood' bills being pushed around the country by other like-minded Republican lawmakers.
Those pieces of legislation argue that undeveloped zygotes are people too and should therefore be given full legal rights, thus making abortion, and even certain forms of birth control, illegal, the report said.
McClurkin's bill would impose stringent requirements on abortion clinics that could make it hard for them to keep their doors open.
According to the report, there are five remaining abortion clinics in the state of Alabama.
McClurkin and her allies have argued that the bill is not meant to stop abortions, but rather to make sure that patients who do undergo the procedure are kept safe, the report said.
Opponents, however, note that studies have shown that abortion is already safe, and McClurkin's bill would likely shut down clinics, it added. (ANI)