Wilmington resolution urges 'equal rights' for sperm

Wilmington Councilwoman Loretta Walsh
Wilmington Councilwoman Loretta Walsh (City of Wilmington)
Posted: March 02, 2012

In what will most likely be remembered as a piece of seminal legislation, Wilmington City Council passed a resolution urging federal and state governments to confer the "rights of personhood" to each and every human sperm.

"Laws should be enacted by all legislative bodies in the United States to promote equal representation, and should potentially include laws in defense of 'personhood,' forbidding every man from destroying his semen."

The resolution passed by a 8 to 4 vote on Thursday night.

Loretta Walsh, the councilwoman who introduced the resolution, told the Wilmington News Journal, "What's good for the gander, is good for the goose."

Walsh last month vigorously protested a Virginia bill that would require women to have an intrusive transvaginal ultrasound before having an abortion, according to DelawareOnline.com.

She told the paper and website that the resolution was a "tongue-in-cheek" way of calling attention to the hypocrisy of men dictating health decisions affecting women's bodies. "I am standing up for women in this city, I am standing up for women in this state and I am standing up for the women in this country," Walsh said.

The resolution, worthy of a Monty Python skit, says each "egg person" and each "sperm person" should be deemed equal in the eyes of government and given the same rights "as any other dependent minor."

Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 215-854-2796 or samwood@phillynews.com.