Ken Connor

For decades now, the "pro-choice" movement has successfully distorted the abortion debate by ignoring the essential question – is an unborn child a living human or isn't it? – in favor of their infamous "right to choose" canard. A recent op-ed in the Washington Post entitled "How an anti-abortion push to redefine 'person' could hurt women's rights" employs this tactic shamelessly:

"The people who attack reproductive rights are turning a blind eye to the impossible choices families have to make together, instead callously insisting that it’s lawmakers who know what’s best for women, not women themselves. . . . The logo for Personhood USA, a leading organization behind the measures, echoes that idea. It shows what looks like a full-term fetus curled up in a map of the United States, which acts as its womb. The woman is conspicuously absent. Personhood advocates are interested in only one kind of 'person.'"

Credit should go to the author of this piece for at least being honest. Founder of and author of The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession With Virginity Is Hurting Young Women, Jessica Valenti clearly does not believe that the unborn are living human beings. Pedaling the myth that "science" shows no evidence that life begins at conception and citing a 2005 legislative proposal that would have criminalized "suspicious" miscarriages in Virginia (straw man, anyone?), Valenti paints a doomsday scenario of a "personhood" world in which women are prosecuted for failing to take prenatal vitamins, miscarriages are investigated by law enforcement, and of course, abortion is no longer available on demand.

In reality, what the personhood initiative seeks to do is reinvigorate a culture of life in a society that is increasingly selling its soul in the name of "rights" and the autonomy of the individual. Contrary to what abortion advocates claim, the scientific evidence does support the humanity of the unborn. From the moment of conception the mother is carrying a genetically distinct human being in her womb.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.