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New Zealand Welcomes A Mighty River To Personhood

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 03.17.2017 | Green

After a hard-fought battle, the New Zealand government has granted the full legal rights of a person to a river. A legal wrangle lasting 160 years end...

Donald Trump And The Great Stem Cell Decision

Don C. Reed | Posted 01.16.2017 | Science
Don C. Reed

I do not think President-elect Donald Trump has his mind completely made up on the subject of stem cell research. Certainly I cannot find any quotes from him opposing the research.

Reproductive Servitude? Joe Heck's Anti-Woman Personhood Bill

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Don C. Reed

The word "servitude" is defined as "slavery: a condition in which one lacks liberty... to determine one's course of action or way of life"--Merriam-Webster. Hold that thought.

"Personhood" Pence: Could The VP Candidate Criminalize Birth Control Pills?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Mike Pence, Republican nominee for Vice President, is a personhood believer, demanding full legal rights--for every fertilized human egg. This is no casual opinion; the former Governor of Indiana intends to impose his belief on America.

Again, a Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Backpedals on Abortion

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.08.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If you look at the Colorado Right to Life website, you'll see that Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is labled "pro-life." If you're Colora...

GOP Senate Candidate Says His Speech "Wasn't Me" But "Holy Spirit" Instead

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is a full-throttle supporter of a personhood abortion ban, according to Colorado Right to Life's latest ...

Republican Won't Win GOP Primary Votes by Being Pro-Choice

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.24.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

A huge frustration of Personhood USA folks is the familiar pattern of Colorado Republicans building their political careers and winning primary electi...

The Right Revolution

Murray Forseter | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Hillary Clinton's or Sanders' election as president might well ensure a left of center bent on the Supreme Court. But even a flip of the Senate into Democratic hands would not unshackle residents in many states from regressive laws enacted by state legislatures and signed by doctrinaire conservative governors.

State Sen. Laura Woods' Opposition to Abortion, Even for Rape, May Sink Republicans

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.25.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Choice issues will continue to impregnate political debate as we head toward November for the simple reason that women, a huge swing voting bloc in Colorado, care about candidates' positions on abortion. Of course they do. That's common sense.

Reporters Should Expect Gardner to Co-Sponsor Life at Conception Act Soon

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.28.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado's Republican Senator, Cory Gardner, spent a good chunk of his 2014 election campaign telling us that the Life at Conception Act was really nothing more than a symbolic statement, when, in fact, it is federal personhood legislation that would ban all abortion, even for rape.

Colorado Is a Good Place to Ask Cruz and Rubio About Personhood

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.25.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Before Wednesday's Republican debate in Colorado, home of the personhood movement, it's worth a quick review of the top GOP candidates' positions on personhood laws, which would ban abortion by giving legal rights to zygotes (fertilized eggs).

Dear 2016 GOP Presidential Hopefuls: Welcome to Colorado, a Pro-Choice State

Karen Middleton | Posted 10.23.2016 | Politics
Karen Middleton

On behalf of Coloradans - Democrats, Republicans, and Unaffiliated voters alike - I'd like to welcome the 2016 Republican Presidential candidates to our proudly pro-choice state. Support for reproductive rights cuts across party lines here and is an historic, mainstream value.

"EverySperm is Sacred" Is Not the Anthem You're Looking for

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 08.14.2016 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

Let's fund access to birth control and increase women's access to preventive health care, rather than de-funding Planned Parenthood, which provides low cost access to health care for millions of women (and men).

Coffman Hating Planned Parenthood Again

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.20.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Just last year, during his re-election campaign, Rep. Mike Coffman was apparently so enamored with Planned Parenthood that he featured the organization's logo in an advertisement.

The Moral Arc of 'Ted 2': A Ribald Comedy With a Moral Message

Michael Shermer | Posted 06.26.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Shermer

What does a smart and socially savvy comedy writer, actor, and producer like Seth MacFarlane do when he wants to say something relevant about the moral progress of humanity and deliver it to a large audience? Write it into the sequel of his wildly popular 2012 hit comedy film.

City Council Candidate Claims to Be Pro-Choice but His Money Trail Tells a Different Story

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Denver City Council races are supposed to be all sweet and nonpartisany, and part of me really wishes they could be that way. But if you want to have a full pictures of a candidate, you'd be stupid to ignore their partisan history. Here's a case in point.

Coffman Wants Rape Victim to Get Police Permission to Get an Abortion

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.14.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

For most of his political career, Congressman Mike Coffman took a hard-line position against any rape or incest exception to his anti-abortion stance. But facing a tough reelection campaign in 2013, he issued a statement that he favored such exception. But he's never explained why his position changed.

Think the 'Personhood' Issue Is Over? Think Again

Kathleen Turner | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Turner

Last year, Colorado voters defeated by a 2-1 margin a "personhood" amendment that aimed to outlaw all abortions and many forms of birth control. A similar bill in deep-red North Dakota also went down in flames at the ballot box. So that means that abortion rights are safe in America, right? Sadly, no.

Longmont Killer Already Faces Life Sentence

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.20.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

At the heart of Thursday's Denver Post editorial supporting a personhood bill introduced by State Sen. Bill Cadman is the argument that Colorado needs a new law to penalize people like Dynel Lane, who faces over 100 years in prison for cutting Michelle Wilkins's fetus from her womb.

Laura Bassett

Vicious Stabbing Of Pregnant Woman Inspires Fetal Personhood Bill In Colorado

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

After a gruesome attack on a pregnant woman in March, Republican state lawmakers in Colorado have introduced a bill to permit murder charges against a...

Colorado Civil Liberties On the Brink: Why Your Vote Matters

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The margins between advancing, losing or just holding ground in civil liberties are very narrow in a state like Colorado. Voters would do well to pay attention to what goes on in the legislature and to take seriously the threat of legislation.

'Personhood' by Any Other Name

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Is there a disconnect here? Since effective contraception lessens the number of unwanted pregnancies, and thus the number of abortions? Well, yes. But the people playing the Personhood Game simply have their eye on the prize: Fertilized egg wins, woman loses.

Legal Personhood for Apes

Stephen Wells | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

The ruling for Sandra could open the doors for major changes in the treatment of animals in zoos, circuses, theme parks, and research facilities. The recognition of her rights by the Argentinian court shows it's time our own legal system caught up.

Sandra Orangutan, Rights and Personhood: An Essential Clarification of the Court's Decision

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Marc Bekoff

Here, attorney Steven Wise, who heads the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), provides a very important clarification of the court's decision.

Women's Health Care Under Attack: Sneak Preview of 2015

Cecile Richards | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Elections are behind us, and many new state legislative sessions don't begin until January -- yet lawmakers are already giving us a preview of the bills they intend to pass into law first chance they get.