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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.