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Bill Nye calls anti-abortion arguments “inconsistent with nature”

By WITW Staff on September 25, 2015

Bill Nye the Science Guy spoke out in defense of a woman’s right to choose this week on #TuesdaysWithBill, Big Think’s weekly segment featuring the scientist, who is one of America’s most beloved public figures. In this weekly segment, which lasts less than five minutes, Nye argues that anti-abortion legislation is backed in outdated beliefs that science has already disproved – and those fighting against reproductive choice are defending a definition of life that’s incompatible with biology. “Many, many, many, many more hundreds of eggs are fertilized than become humans. … But that’s not all you need. You have to attach to the uterine wall, the inside of … a woman’s womb. But if you’re going to hold that as a standard, that is to say if you’re going to say when an egg is fertilized it therefore has the same rights as an individual, then whom are you going to sue?,” he said. “Whom are you going to imprison? Every woman who’s had a fertilized egg pass through her? Every guy whose sperm has fertilized an egg and then it didn’t become a human?” Nye goes on to say that the argument against abortion is based in “bad science” and that it is time we “respect the facts,” which includes the vital importance of keeping women’s health clinics open, too. “Not giving women access to birth control has not been an effective way to lead to healthier societies,” according to Nye, who added, “I just really encourage you [anti-choice legislators] to not tell women what to do.” To that, we say: Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!

Hear Bill Nye’s full argument or read the transcript at Big Think.