When Bill Nye the Science Guy tiptoes into the political arena, people take notice. Nye recently took on climate change deniers and isn’t afraid to “freak out” people who disagree with him. Nor will he shy away from controversial statements on the subject, and he’s an unapologetic shamer towards those who deny scientific reasoning on political subjects.
Now Nye is using science to argue for women’s reproductive rights. Nye appears in a Big Think video called “Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do with Their Bodies?” Nye’s argument — that anti-choice legislature is outdated and runs against scientific facts — is aimed squarely towards those members of Congress who seek to de-fund Planned Parenthood based upon religious beliefs.
Nye explains how more eggs get fertilized than attach to the uterine wall. He says this runs against the belief that a fertilized egg has the same rights of an individual, for many eggs never implant and develop into a fetus. To this end, Nye asserts that lawmakers should not control women’s wombs based upon the belief that life begins at conception:
“It’s just a reflection of deep scientific understanding, and you literally or apparently literally do not know what you’re talking about. And so when it comes to women’s rights when it comes to their reproduction, I think you really should leave it to women.”
Nye then shames lawmakers who rely upon their religious beliefs when passing legislation:
“You have a lot of men of European descent passing these extraordinary laws based on ignorance. Sorry, you guys. I know it was written or your interpretation of a book written 50,000 years or 50 centuries ago, makes you think that when a man and a woman have sexual intercourse, they always have a baby. That’s wrong, and so to pass laws based upon that belief is inconsistent with nature. It’s hard not to get frustrated with this, everybody. Nobody likes abortion, okay. But you can’t tell somebody what to do.”
Nye then tackles the ineffectiveness of “insisting on abstinence” during education-based conversations. He ends by saying, “We have other problems to solve, everybody. Let’s work together.”
Not everyone will agree with with Bill Nye on this subject, but Twitter is listening.
(Via Big Think)