Saturday, February 21, 2009

Baptist Press: Personhood Initiatives Mark National Movement?

A different approach

In November 2008, a Colorado initiative was defeated but, that defeat hasn't stopped seven states from considering bills or initiatives which set personhood at the moment of conception or fertilization, Baptist Press (BP) reported, in what is being considered a possible national movement.

"The bills and initiatives are unique in that none of them reference abortion, even though all of them take aim at the legal reasoning behind the infamous Roe v. Wade ruling." - BP

According to BP, the Colorado Definition of Person Initiative of 2008 was defeated by 73-27 percent. The bill stated:

"...the terms "person" or "persons" shall include any human being from the moment of fertilization."

The definition attacks the very foundation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun's Roe majority opinion.

From the BP report:

"When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun authored the Roe majority opinion, he acknowledged that if the definition of "personhood is established" to include the unborn, then the case for abortion rights "collapses" because the unborn's "right to life would then be guaranteed" by the Constitution."

Read the full BP report...


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