Last year, a group in Colorado had a “personhood” measure added to the ballot which was overwhelmingly rejected by the voters.
DENVER – A resurgent movement to place “personhood” measures on state ballots across the nation to ban abortion and comprehensive reproductive care could have far more sweeping implications than the trial balloon Colorado voters soundly defeated last year.
Far from being dissuaded by the 3-to-1 loss from their 2008 campaign to confer zygotes with legal rights, abortion opponents are regrouping with a broader initiative that purports to address life span issues, from conception to death.
This year, this same group lead by Kristi Burton from Peyton, CO, wants to expand the definition of “personhood” to include ‘The Egg’.
This is where they are heading:
Shaded beneath the state capitol’s famed golden dome and cradling his 10-day-old son, Gualberto Garcia Jones, 31, said announcing the new campaign:
“And the important thing to keep in mind, if you honestly and unbiasedly read the language – this is about the full spectrum of human development. It includes the very early stages.
Jones, a conservative Catholic, said he welcomed a debate about a contraception ban as an effect of the personhood cause:
“What this amendment does is protect all human beings,” he said. “Something that is erroneously referred to as contraception causes the early human to die because they cannot develop in the uterus. And, then yeah, this would prohibit it. We’re more than happy to talk about that.”
Yes, they want to outlaw the use of contraception among other things.
The 2010 campaign will be backed by Personhood USA, a new national nonprofit organization formed from the ashes of Burton’s Colorado for Equal Rights, whose supporters were linked to militant anti-abortion groups, like the Army of God.
The Denver-based Personhood USA is headed by former Wichita resident and ex-Operation Rescue “truth truck” driver Keith Mason, and Michigan anti-abortion activist Cal Zastrow. Veterans of the failed Colorado campaign, the two men most recently were involved in the unsuccessful 2008 South Dakota citizen-initiated abortion ban and failed legislative actions in Montana and North Dakota earlier this spring.
Now they have plans to deploy platoons of “personhood” activists in 17 states to effectively ban abortion, oral/device contraception, in vitro fertilization, and embryonic stem cell research should they prevail to win civil rights for fertilized eggs. And if Jones’ press briefing comments are any indication, they may take on disability advocacy groups and the burgeoning end-of-life care movement, as well.
If these crazies are intent on protecting the eggs in a woman’s ovaries and want to ban abortion based on the definition of “personhood”, then for approximately 30 years, a woman will be guilty of breaking the law on a monthly basis (except of course if she is pregnant) as her body aborts the unfertilized egg along with its source of nourishment. So the number of monthly abortions by a woman would be approximately 391 (based on a 28 day cycle and if I did my math right).
Add to this, approximately 40 millions sperms are released in an average ejaculation. How many “personhoods” are prevented by the average man in the same 30 year time span? Inquiring minds need to know. 😕