Colorado Ballot Initiative Seeks to Define “Personhood” At Conception

The Colorado supreme court gave the go-ahead to a ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to assert that “personhood” begins at conception. Denver post writes

The amendment, if approved by voters, would extend constitutional protections from the moment of conception, guaranteeing every fertilized egg the right to life, liberty, equality of justice and due process of law.

How would this work, exactly? Do they get a social security number? Can you declare them as a dependent? What about the 20-50% of fertilized eggs that never implant to the uterine wall and are flushed from the body? Funerals? Do you need to file a “fertilization certificate” with the state as soon as you’re sure? Could miscarriages be manslaughter? No more in-vitro. No more research using stem cells

The typical craziness ensues in the comment board. Some make great points, but much of it is just frightening.

Anyway, you gotta love the guy in the article that equates abortion with the Columbine shootings…



2 Responses to “Colorado Ballot Initiative Seeks to Define “Personhood” At Conception”

  1. Daniel Downs Says:

    Just think we all looked like that picture at one stage of our development. The question is who has the right to determine who get to live and who does not? Government, doctors, researchers, parents, God? It seems to me that those fertilized eggs that begin the life journey and survive should have a right to live and fulfill their human purpose. That is after all a supposedly guaranteed Constitutional right.

  2. Christa Says:

    That’s a great point about the social security numbers and miscarriages being manslaughter (but I think the woman would lack the actus reus for this because an involuntary muscle movement cannot be criminally prosecuted). It’s also funny that a person could get a lot of social security checks by waiting for false positives on pregnancy tests.

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