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Is the Personhood Movement Really Pro-Life?

Yan5 Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 7:55 PM
According to the Supreme Court, which decides whether a right is in the Constitution or not, it is impliedly found somewhere amongst our liberty and privacy interests. Don't ask me to defend the logic or the jurisprudence. It doesn't matter. Once the Court says it is so, only the Court or a constitutional amendment can say it is no longer so. If you want to be ruled by the Constitution, then that is the only way available to you to change the Constitution. So forget about personhood amendments and get serious about changing people's minds about abortion, so we can pass a constitutional amendment and/or get pro-life presidents elected who will appoint justices to overrule Roe.

One of the most controversial wings of the pro-life movement is the “personhood” effort. Championed by Personhood USA out of Colorado, its goal is to have personhood defined in law to include the unborn. Theoretically, it sounds good. Practically, it will never work and meanwhile is severely hurting the pro-life movement.

The pro-life movement does not support the personhood effort. Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum issued this statement about it, “Nearly every reputable pro-life leader has criticized the approach of the personhood amendment, which will simply give more power to pro-abortion judges.” Another statement from...