10/20/2011 12:36 pm ET Updated Dec 20, 2011

In Dixie, Civil Rights for Zygotes

While the warm water pro-lifers in the House worked to pass the "Let Women Die" act - that is, a bill allowing emergency room workers to opt out of performing lifesaving abortions - the beautiful, lawyer-daughter of a rape victim has been helming a movement, about to bear fruit in Missisissippi, that doesn't bother with redefining rape for the purposes of outlawing more abortions.
The Personhood movement believes every zygote has rights.
And as Rebecca Kiessling, one of its prominent spokeswomen (and the above-mentioned daughter of a rape victim) likes to say, having a baby isn't the worst thing that cane happen to a rape victim.
Read the rest of my story on this interesting political phenomenon in TIME, here.