A judge has ruled that a fetus/unborn child is not a person- at least not when it comes to vehicle occupancy:
Unborn children don’t count when it comes to carpool lanes, according to a judge’s ruling.
Even after being fined $367 for improper use of a High Occupancy Vehicle lane, Ahwatukee Foothills resident Candace Dickinson stood by her contention that Arizona traffic laws don’t define what a person is, so the child inside her womb justified her use of the lane.
“To follow her philosophy would require officers to carry guns, radios and pregnancy testers, and I don’t think we want to go there,” said Sgt. Dave Norton, the Phoenix police officer who cited Dickinson on Nov. 8.
Sole occupant vehicles aren’t allowed to use the carpool lanes during morning and evening rush hours Monday through Friday.
a guy called larry
If she drops the womb-resident off at the clinic, then technically she is justified in using the carpool lane. Otherwise, she gets a ticket.
How does this compare with the new “harm to a fetus” laws that went into effect over the last few years?
Sounds like this Judge isn’t bucking for an appointment to the Administration that Couldn’t.
I was surprised that Senator Coburn didn’t bring this up during his “questioning” of Alito yesterday, and tell him that this is exactly why he needs to be confirmed – to overturn this anti-family, ACLU-orchestrated decision.
The framers clearly intended for fetuses to count as passengers for HOV lanes.
It brings up a silly aspect to those HOV lane rules, though — if the purpose is to reduce the number of cars on the freeway, why should having passengers who are too young to drive qualify you for it?
The Other Steve
Because HOV lanes are a stupid fucking waste of tax payer dollars.
Social Engineering at it’s worst.
What they’ve done here in Minnesota is start charging a toll, so if you’re all alone you can drive on the road for $2 or something like that. Because the lanes were WAY WAY underutilized.
Correct … government at its worst. Well, wrt to roads, anyway. I mean, a useless war is worse, but so far they haven’t given the highway people out here the capacity to wage a war. Yet.
Yes but have people learned how to fucking merge yet? (Good news about the toll lanes. Not that I ever got caught riding solo in the Black Diamond lanes…
What if someone has a multiple personality disorder? I see all these people talking to themselves in traffic…
Equal rights for fetuses. What’s wrong with that?
I think we should license fetuses. Providing, of course, that they can pass the written portion of the test.
Hell the fetuses couldn’t be worse drivers than those who are on the roads of Maryland. Bring em on I say!
And i,ll bet that if some PETA idiot was traveling around with a few dog or cats with them they would claim this saying their my passaegers their little furry humans wich shows that PETA is one of the nations most stupidist orgaizations
I think licentious thoughts are fully formed human beings and should be allowed to drive and moon passersby. After all, Bob Livingston was almost Speaker of the House.