New womb control advocacy: Personhood USA

By pams
Thursday, November 6, 2008 18:13 EDT
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As I mentioned earlier, the fundies have their chests puffed out with the passage of anti-gay amendments. There is equal bluster on the anti-choice front despite a defeat. On Tuesday, Colorado citizens rejected an amendment that would have declared a fertilized egg a person. These measures are popping up around the country, and a new organization, Personhood USA, is planning to bring the party to other states. Will these state womb control advocates ever give up?

A new pro-life organization, Personhood USA, plans to assist local pro-life groups in different states to put personhood amendments on their states ballot by using the petition process.

The 17 States that allow citizens to place constitutional amendments on ballots will be the target states. Personhood USA will also help with opinion petitions to encourage politicians to run personhood amendments in other states. During the Colorado Personhood campaign, organizers were contacted by individuals in many different states with excitement and the desire to start personhood efforts in their own state.

“Praise Jesus! The pro-life tide is rising in America, now is the time for the entire pro-life movement to turn the focus off from permitting murder but attempting to ‘regulate’ it, to pushing for the recognition of the God given right to life for all innocent persons. Persons are humans beings from the moment of fertilization.” Cal Zastrow, Co-Founder of Personhood USA

I wrote about this back in February, and this asinine attempt to give a fertilized egg “right to life, liberty, equality of justice and due process of law” raises all kinds of issues that Personhood USA doesn’t have an answer for. See below the fold.
What I said then still applies — creating a “fetus citizen” status has real-world applications and will necessitate laws and regulations that the womb control advocates need to think out and explain to the rest of us.

* For instance, will a post-coitus woman be able to drive in a HOV lane because she may be carrying a fertilized egg?
* Will the highway patrol need to carry pregnancy testing kits to confirm the ability for them to use HOV lanes on the spot?
* Can airlines charge a woman for two seats since the fertilized egg is a person?
* Can an impregnated woman be punished for poor eating habits, or consuming alcohol or artificial sweeteners?
* Is the boyfriend/husband an accomplice to a crime if he drives her to the abortion clinic?
* Can a woman claim her fetus as a tax deduction?
* For couples who fertilize multiple eggs for in vitro, are they guilty of murder if the unused eggs are discarded?
* Should a woman register with the state whenever she has unprotected sex (without using any form of birth control), since she might be carrying a fertilized egg?
* What about a woman who skips her birth control pills, has sex, the egg is fertilized and she later resumes her contraception, unknowingly causing an “abortion.” What punishment should she receive?
* And, of course, the current bar people on both sides banter about — consideration of the a medical emergency of the mother or cases of rape and incest — how will the state-based fetus citizen council determine punishment?

Will Personhood USA share any wisdom about how it will all work out peachy keen?

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