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Personhood

The Case for Non-Human Personhood Rights

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.12.2012 | Science
Eric Michael Johnson

This is not as radical an idea as it may sound. The law is fully capable of making and unmaking "persons" in the strictly legal sense. But that would be unlikely to happen with whales, dolphins, or even great apes.

Unborn in the USA

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Given that the number of unborn is currently unknown, it could reach the trillions -- or gazillions -- and should all those unborn give their grateful loyalty upon birth (should it occur) to the religious far right, the Republican Party could overwhelm elections through eternity.

Resolution Urges 'Personhood' Rights For Sperm

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

The Wilmington City Council has a message for men -- sperm are people, too. The council for Delaware's largest city passed a resolution by an 8-4 v...

"Adoption" Needs to Become a Buzz Word in the Social Lexicon of America

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.30.2012 | Parents
Steven Kurlander

Any adoptive mother or father will tell you that the memory of the first day they held, hugged and began bonding with their adopted child is the strongest remembrance of fulfillment in a lifetime.

John Celock

Lawmakers Kill Controversial Personhood Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

In an unexpected move, the Virginia Senate killed the state's personhood bill, a key victory for women's groups seeking to battle the current proposal...

Disenfranchise a Gender? Virginians Fight Back Against Anti-Woman "Personhood" Legislation

Don C. Reed | Posted 04.24.2012 | DC
Don C. Reed

Women are increasingly realizing there may be no place for them in the formerly Grand Old Party, except as second class citizens, their rights defined...

Virginia Lawmaker Responds To SNL Skit Mocking Anti-Abortion Bills

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

The sponsor of Virginia's "fetal personhood" bill and a supporter of controversial legislation that would force women to have a medically unnecessary ...

Aspirin as the New Birth Control: The GOP War on Women Reaches New Lows

Marge Baker | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Marge Baker

The right is staging an all-out assault on women's rights while they have control of the majority of state legislatures, the House and a determined minority in the Senate. The GOP's presidential candidates are promising to join it if they get elected. We can't let them succeed.

Republicans With Power: Virginia Personhood Laws a Preview of GOP Presidency?

Don C. Reed | Posted 04.17.2012 | DC
Don C. Reed

If personhood laws are put into effect, government would literally have the authority to control the reproductive life of every citizen. Were not Republicans supposed to be in favor of individual liberty? Why then would they want to remove our right to use birth control?

Virginia: Right to Bear Arms, Duty to Bear Children

Tamar Abrams | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

What do you call a state whose legislature in one month advances laws allowing unlimited purchases of handguns, declares the rights of personhood from the moment a sperm and egg unite and forces women seeking abortions to have an invasive, unnecessary medical procedure?

The Republican War on Women: Invading the Vagina in Virginia

Tobias Barrington Wolff | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Tobias Barrington Wolff

Every person who has a body should view this law as a direct assault. So, too, should every person who believes that women are human beings.

Laura Bassett

Personhood Bill Resembling Failed Mississippi Measure Advances In Virginia House

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates Monday advanced a "fetal personhood" bill that would give legal rights to a human fertilized egg and a ...

Yesterday I Was Just a Sperm Cell. Now I'm a Person!

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.11.2012 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Since the pro-lifers came up with this awesome personhood idea, I've been dating an ovum named Emily. She's a babe. Obviously, we can't have sex because that would form an embryo, which is a no-no, but we can do... um... everything else.

What Bid Do I Hear for the Life of That Thar Whale?

Carl Safina | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

Want to just solve the problem? They estimate that whaling makes about $31 million in profits. Anti-whaling spends $25 million. If the anti-whaling money directly paid whalers not to hunt -- problem solved.

I'm Watching

Julianne Moore | Posted 04.04.2012 | Women
Julianne Moore

This year, in this election, I am committing to watching even more vigilantly. I truly can't imagine a more important election for us to make our voices heard.

Since When Are Persons Supposed to Be Above the Law and Paying Taxes?

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 03.13.2012 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

If you believe citizens should pay taxes, so should businesses. If citizens should obey the laws, so should corporations. If no person is above the law, then no business should be above the law either.

Are Iowa's Republican Frontrunners Taking Cues from Sharia Law?

Keli Goff | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics
Keli Goff

I'm at a loss to see any real difference between the manner in which Sharia law penalizes women who are raped and the efforts of Perry and his Personhood cohorts to penalize American rape survivors with a nonconsensual pregnancy.

Mitt Romney's $10,000 Question on Choice

Nancy Keenan | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Given Romney's swift embrace of extreme anti-choice policies, reporters and voters likely have some questions for him -- even though he decided against attending Huckabee's upcoming forum on abortion.

Memo to David Axelrod From Women in Swing States

Toni Panetta | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Toni Panetta

Between anticipated wins in solid Democratic states and the toss-ups, the electoral math adds up to more than 300 votes for a pro-choice, anti-personhood Obama over a generic Republican who supports banning all abortion and the most common forms of birth control.

Laura Bassett

Newt Gingrich: Life Begins At 'Successful Implantation'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich clarified his position on personhood Friday when he told ABC News' Jake Tapper that he b...

Will Colorado Politicians Who Backed Personhood 2010 Be Supportive Again

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.23.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Backers of a Colorado personhood amendment announced that they've launched their campaign to put a personhood measure on the ballot next year. Will the same politicians who backed the amendment last year jump on board again?

Laura Bassett

'Personhood' Anti-Abortion Initiative Gets A Makeover In Georgia

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

The national movement to define a zygote as a legal person failed a few weeks ago in Mississippi, but anti-abortion advocates behind two new "personho...

Colo. Anti-Choice Group Down, But Not Out

Posted 11.21.2011 | Denver

Personhood USA, the Colorado-based pro-life organization behind the recent failed "personhood" initiative that was struck down by more than 55 percent...

Who is "We"?

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

There are two major conditions affecting America today, conditions from which flow much else which troubles the nation. First, large, multi-national...

Lessons From Mississippi

Jill Hanauer | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics
Jill Hanauer

The common theme here is clear: voters -- even in a red state like Mississippi -- oppose anti-reproductive rights measures when they view it through a lens of government intrusion.