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Personhood Amendments

When Legislating Morality Falls Short

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.21.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The fear at the heart of the public's down-vote is that the rights of the unborn are being placed above those of those they already know. And that's simply not a sacrifice many are willing to make.

Diagnosing The 'Personhood' Problem: It's In Your Brain

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 01.20.2012 | Home
Jonathan D. Moreno

Why do we have trouble defining what a "person" is? The answer may lie in human evolutionary antiquity. It seems that the neuroscientific and evolutionary evidence for a hard-wired but increasingly dysfunctional idea of personhood is compelling.

Sorry, GOP: It Looks Like America's Bullsh*t Detector Just Went Off

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's great when we can disagree in a civilized way, but it's getting pretty hard to avoid the conclusion that the phrase "right-wing logic," as delivered by the GOP and mimicked by Mitt Romney, has become the mother of all oxymorons.

Can a State Outlaw Abortion?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Mississippi's "Initiative 26," the "Personhood Amendment" that goes before the voters of the Magnolia State today, appears doomed under the Constitution -- unless the membership of the Supreme Court changes significantly by the time such a measure reached the Justices.

Christian Views On Social Issues: Abortion

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Today, Mississippi voters will vote on "the Personhood Amendment," which would grant the status of legal person to a fertilized egg. The measure would effectively outlaw abortion in all circumstances.

What Is a Person?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

This week the citizens of Mississippi will vote whether to legally assign the status of "personhood" to any human egg that has been penetrated by a sperm. I hope that if Mississippi awards personhood to fertilized eggs, they will take this seriously.

Laura Bassett

Mississipi 'Personhood' Law Leaves Legal Questions Beyond The Ballot | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

If Mississippians vote to pass an unprecedented initiative on Tuesday that would declare a fertilized egg a legal person under the state Constitution,...

The War on Women You Haven't Heard of

Nancy Keenan | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Anti-choice extremists never take their eye off the prize: making abortion illegal in the United States. Right now, they have their sights set on Mississippi.

Romney Repeating Ken Buck's Errors on Personhood

Jill Hanauer | Posted 01.04.2012 | Denver
Jill Hanauer

As Mississippi Republicans back away from the personhood ballot initiative that would restrict reproductive rights in the state, Mitt Romney's position on this national issue looks increasingly out-of-touch with a majority of voters.

Personhood: Why Beginning Life at Conception Carries Risks, Even for Anti-Abortion Activists

Sarika Bansal | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Sarika Bansal

Sadly, by granting equivalent legal rights to fertilized eggs, the personhood amendment may tip the scales and begin prioritizing the zygote over the post-born person.

Laura Bassett

Mexican Supreme Court Rules In Reverse 'Roe v. Wade' | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court of Mexico fell one vote shy of overturning Baja California state's "personhood" amendment on Wednesday night, ensuring...

Laura Bassett

Will Mississippi Voters Ban Birth Control? | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

Mississippi voters will be allowed to decide on a ballot measure that defines "personhood" from the moment of fertilization, the Mississippi Supreme C...

How Bad Stem Cell Policies Can Increase Suffering, Bankruptcies, Foreclosures, Unemploymen and the National Debt

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

If we care about home foreclosures, bankruptcies, the national debt, unemployment and human suffering, we should care about stem cell research. All these problems are significantly worsened by chronic (incurable) disease.

Con Games: How Liberals Saved Colorado

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

The Republican Party and the conservative movement -- both on the verge of extinction -- are managing to morph into the co-opted Grand Old Tea Party.

Gardner, Maes, Tancredo Stand With Personhood Amendment

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The ranks of the Personhood 33, as I've been calling the top 33 Colorado candidates who've endorsed the Personhood Initiative, are diminishing.

Schieffer Lets Buck Slide on Face the Nation

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Looks like CBS Anchor Bob Schieffer did about two minutes worth of homework prior to his interview with Senate candidate Ken Buck Sunday on Face the Nation.

Like Buck, Tancredo Unsure What Amendment 62 Would Do

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Are any of the 33 candidates who endorsed the Personhood Initiative, other than Ken Buck, clued into the fact that the measure would ban stuff like the Pill and IUDs?

Will 33 Personhood Endorsers Withdraw Support, Taking a Cue From Buck?

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Do the other Personhood endorsers in Colorado understand the initiative correctly? Will they take a cue from Buck and un-endorse Amendment 62?

How Not to Have Sex in Colorado: the Personhood Amendment

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Imagine it is November this year, in Colorado. Amendment 62, the "personhood" Amendment, has just been voted into law. A woman is considering making love to her husband-- should she first consult an attorney?

Bold for the Lord, But Illegal?

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's illegal for children to collect signatures for ballot initiatives in Colorado. That's why my jaw dropped when I heard a radio host say, "So, my son today got 20 signatures so far. My son, he's 12."

Where Does NARAL Pro-Choice America Stand on the Tebow Commercial?

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Nancy Keenan

Anti-choice politics have no place in the Super Bowl, so when the ad runs, focus on something else -- anything else -- besides Focus on the Family, which wants to take choices away from women.

Anti-Choice Groups Raking in Dough by Promoting Civil Rights of Zygotes

Megan Carpentier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Megan Carpentier

If the anti-choice movement has its way, the moment one sperm eats its way through an egg's outer shell would be the last moment in human development that wouldn't be covered by the Constitution. Unsurprisingly, it's a rather lucrative racket.

Upping Arianna's Ante: Pledge to be Unreasonable

Riki Ott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Riki Ott

Pledge to engage -- with your neighbors, at your workplace, school, or church. Pledge to put the planet and future generations first when making everyday decisions.

"Non-Personhood" for Women: Defining Women Down

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michele Swenson

The "right-to-life" movement that elevates embryonic life above women's lives is more accurately termed "right-to-prenatal-life." Aside from South Dak...