Anti-Abortion Group Pushes Failed “Personhood” Strategy


Despite a crushing 3-to-1 loss of a pioneering, but controversial, state constitutional amendment to confer civil rights on fertilized human eggs,
an American Life League spokesperson made a curious slip of the tongue
in a weird silver-lining statement about the organization’s future
plans to ban abortion.

The league’s communications director, Katie Walker, offered this
startling admission to the Christian newswire OneNewsNow.com about the
league’s future political strategies:

The idea of personhood in this movement is really the only thing, the only option left to us,
and it’s one of the best options and one of the most beautiful concepts
I’ve heard in a long time, she contends. We’re very excited about it.

Is one of the major players in the anti-abortion movement waving the white flag of surrender?

Not so fast. Why do that when, as Walker continues in a bizarre bit
of revisionist Colorado political history, backpedaling can get the job
done to downplay Amendment 48’s bruising 73-27 loss:

The fact that they got 27 percent of Colorado, which is historically a liberal state, is very hopeful, I think, she notes.

Huh? Historically liberal state? The one that George W. Bush carried
in both 2000 and 2004 by sizeable margins? The state in which 53
percent of the voters approved Amendment 2 in 1992, which would have
barred civil rights protections for gay and lesbians until it was
struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court? The state that, until four years
ago, held large Republican majorities in the General Assembly and its
congressional delegation for decades?

And the state where U.S. News and World Report noted that the Colorado personhood measure went down in flames 65-35 in conservative El Paso County, in the backyard of Focus on the Family and a host of state and national anti-abortion groups and conservative candidates, like Bob Schaffer.

As we reported Nov. 7, the group Personhood USA is undaunted and
claims to be picking up the mantle of Colorado for Equal Rights with
plans to introduce the “egg as a person” measure to 16 states
that opponents say would not only outlaw abortion, in vitro
fertilization and stem cell research but also certain forms of
contraception.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch.org

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