On a night in which this country took a giant step forward on racial issues and reproductive rights, we also took a devastating step backwards when it comes to the rights of gay and lesbian individuals.
Despite a crushing defeat at the ballot box last Tuesday, supporters of Colorado’s “personhood” amendment, have launched plans to take the fight to 16 more states.
Despite the anti-abortion movement’s best efforts, Americans in three states voted to protect pregnant women and their physicians from interference by the government.
In Colorado, South Dakota, Washington, California and Michigan voters refused to put the government between Americans and their private life decisions.
In overwhelming numbers, Coloradans today refused to extend legal personhood rights to fertilized eggs.
Abortion related ballot initiatives will be decided in California, Colorado and South Dakota today; Jill at Feministe offers up a nice voter guide; Why Catholics shouldn’t be afraid to support a pro-choice candidate; New York Times looks at the demographics of women who have had an abortion.
This year’s abortion ban in South Dakota is no more humane than the last time around. The exceptions for rape force the rape victim to identify her attacker and test her fetus for DNA before she can access abortion. SD supporters of the abortion ban also claim “abortion is being used as birth control.” Since SD legislators voted down greater access to birth control this year, there isn’t even “birth control as birth control.”
Two wealthy Californians have bank-rolled this year’s parental notification ballot initiative as well as the two nearly identical prior measures, corrupting the ballot initiative process and putting teens at risk.
Dr. Eleanor Drey, an OBGYN from California, says that Proposition 4 would place the duties of police and detectives in the hands of doctors, jeopardizing the crucial doctor-patient relationship.
Polls show trends toward respecting individual rights of teens and women, but measures in California and South Dakota are statistically tied and will depend on who turns out. Colorado’s “Egg as person” initiative is headed for overwhelming defeat.