As a new report from People For the American Way Foundation explores, the groups supporting “personhood” are moving as swiftly as ever toward their goal of ending any and all abortions in the United States.
A bill introduced in the Colorado legislature in response to a horrific attack on a pregnant woman is based on boilerplate legislation promoted by a national anti-choice organization, Americans United for Life.
In March, an attacker in Colorado cut a fetus from the womb of a pregnant woman. Now, state Republicans have introduced legislation allowing an “unborn child,” from fertilization until birth, to be considered the victim of a crime.
Texas’ penal code explicitly exempts pregnant individuals from being punished for harming their own fetuses. But that hasn’t stopped prosecutors from charging them with child endangerment for using drugs while pregnant.
Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, who has long opposed reproductive rights, said again Thursday that he’s against Colorado’s “personhood” amendments, but he was a co-sponsor in 2005 of federal “personhood” legislation, which he continues to support.
On Wednesday, National Advocates for Pregnant Women announced a lawsuit has been filed challenging a Wisconsin law that allows law enforcement to take pregnant women into custody against their will to “protect a fetus.”
State Rep. Larry Ahern is hoping that with a new name and help from the woman whose boyfriend allegedly tricked her into taking medication that caused her to have an early abortion, 2014 may be the year his anti-choice bill finally passes.
Mississippi wants to take granting legal rights to fertilized eggs back to the voters, even though the voters already resoundingly said no.
If Mississippi’s only clinic does manage to stay open it may not matter, since abortion might be banned all together anyway.
The development of a potential human life requires conception as a first step. But that is not the same as either pregnancy or personhood. You can’t reduce complex reality to a slogan, and when you try to do so, you actually minimize the personhood of women.