Ohio Egg-As-Person Petition Rejected By Attorney General

Personhood Ohio is in the beginning steps of trying to start a constitutional amendment that would redefine a fertilized egg as a legal person, but even this early the path has been rocky. The group has now had its petition rejected by State Attorney General Mike DeWine, who called the summary “not fair and truthful.”

The problem? The summary in the petition is announcing what the amendment would not affect, rather than what it would, and the “would nots” aren’t necessarily compatible with the petition’s wording.

Personhood Ohio, however, thinks it is being unjustly treated and announced that it would appeal.

Via The Columbus Dispatch:

Personhood Ohio organizer Patrick Johnston said the group would file an administrative appeal of the decision.

“I don’t think it’s necessary (to file a new petition),” Johnston said. “The amendment is scientifically sound, it’s constitutionally sound and I think he’s being arbitrary to reject our wording.”

Johnston said the wording of the amendment is similar to the wording of the Healthcare Freedom Amendment passed last year, also for Ohio’s constitution.

“I disagree that it isn’t consistent. On what basis? He didn’t give us a reason,” Johnston said.

The “exceptions” in the summary of the petition? That egg-as-person rights would not affect:

Genuine contraception ‘that acts solely by preventing the creation of a new human being,’ human eggs ‘prior to the beginning of life,’ or reproductive technology or in vitro fertilization procedures ‘that respect the right to life of newly created human beings.’

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  • crowepps

    if the Zygote is a legal person, and at some point its presence, dependence on the woman’s organs and the metabolic load it is inflicting on her ruins her health or threatens her life, is the embryo/fetus criminally liable for assault or attempted murder?

    If its presence in the uterus is consequent to rape and its remaining there is repugnant to the woman as a reminder of that attack, is it guilty of torture?

    If the woman has to stay home from work in order to maintain the pregnancy, does it owe her the wages she lost?

    Any prenatal and obstetric care necessary because it is present would rightfully be its responsibility so will it be born in debt to the doctor who delivered it and the hospital where the delivery took place?

    If the woman dies during labor and childbirth, is the surviving newborn a murderer?

    It seems problematic to me to assert that from the instant of conception it is “a person” with all the rights of a person and yet to neglect recognizing it also would have the burden of the same responsibilities as other persons, including providing its own support, paying its own debts and respecting others right to health and life.

  • littleblue

    A personhood bill was proposed in WI last week.  It’s my understanding that in WI, a measure must be adopted by two consecutive legislatures before it can go to the ballot.  Here’s the text of the bill: