I am now totally convinced that the anti-abortion movement in this country has no idea how to stop abortion and, worse, some of their strategies might actually result in more abortions in this country.
There is now another anti-abortion group out there called “Personhood USA.” They are led by a young activist by the name of Keith Mason who hails from Colorado. Personhood USA’s announced goal is to pass amendments to several state constitutions that would recognize someone as a person “exactly at creation.” As Mason explains, that would be at the moment of “fertilization…when the sperm meets the egg.”
Go ahead, Keith, make our day.
Okay, so I’m not gonna spend any time talking about how only about half of these fertilized eggs actually result in an ongoing pregnancy. I guess to folks like Keith, it is irrelevant. I suppose that when fertilization occurs, the parents will go out and get their new little “person” a Social Security but if it never appears, well, we’ll just toss his or her card out. Despite some possible glitches, Keith is charging full steam ahead. Indeed, this November voters in Mississippi might vote on a “personhood amendment” to their state Constitution, although it is being challenged by the ACLU. And Keith has declared that his organization hopes to get proposals like these on the ballot in nearly half the states by 2012.
If Keith and his buddies want to spend all of that time on initiatives like these, I might even send him $5 to encourage him because it is an incredible waste of their time, money and energy. If you have ever worked on a ballot initiative you know how much work it is and if Keith wants to try to mobilize the anti-abortion folks in that state on a proposal that – even if it passed – would never pass constitutional muster, then I say go for it. Of course, he is ignoring the fact that a similar measure was defeated in Colorado in 2008 and 2010 but if his crowd wants to spend their time pushing something like this instead of working to defeat President Obama, I applaud their decision.
Here’s the other kicker. Let’s say that the measure actually does pass in Mississippi and it starts making its way through the court system. Let’s say that in the meantime, President Obama has three more appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court and he gets into a pissing match with the pro-choice movement and, seeking revenge, he appoints three ardent, right wing conservatives. Then this case gets to that Supreme Court and they uphold the law!
Sorry, Keith, but the result could actually be more (illegal at that point) abortions.
That’s because redefining “personhood” in this fashion will actually end up reclassifying many birth control methods as abortifacients or agents that induce abortions.
Hmmmm…. Less birth control available to women.
Now, I’m no rocket scientist but is it not possible that this scenario might result in more abortions?
Hello, Keith! Are you out there?