As part of her push for anti-abortion legislation, Alabama State Representative Mary Sue McClurkin told a local paper last week that a baby is the “largest organ in a body”.
<<Insert cricket noises>>
McClurkin told the Montgomery Advertiser on Thursday, ”When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body. 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.”
I don’t think I need to point out that is this just plain wrong. A baby in-utero is a baby, not an organ. I’ve never been a whiz at anatomy and physiology but what I find disturbing is that, according to her bio, Mcclurkin is a mother and a grandmother, so she presumably has had some personal experience with pregnancy one way or another. Did she look at ultrasounds of her own children or grandchildren and think, ‘Wow, look! That organ is growing its own organs!’
But I do understand the sentiment I think McClurkin was after. I have lost two pregnancies during the first trimester and I required D&Cs after both. Those losses and the D&C’s that followed felt like they took part of me with them…not to sound to sound cheesy, but part of my heart. Obviously the loss of a wanted pregnancy and an abortion are not the same the thing, though neither is easy.
And an FYI for Rep. McClurkin; the largest organ in the human body is your skin.