Mitt Romney Supports Personhood
Mitt Romney told Mike Huckabee on Fox News that he supports personhood at the moment of conception. In Mississippi, voters will decide if a "person" is created at the moment of the egg's fertilization.
Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi: SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hereby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ: Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof." This initiative shall not require any additional revenue for implementation.
If this becomes law, not only abortion would be outlawed, so would all forms of birth control. Christian conservatives are demanding that people forgo sex. This amendment is absolute insanity.
Law professors I. Glenn Cohen and Jonathan F. Will are mistaken to think that anti-choicers accidentally made the amendment too broad.
Indeed, even opponents of abortion rights who would like nothing more than to give the courts an opportunity to reverse Roe v. Wade may find this amendment a bad vehicle for doing so. Courts frequently read ambiguous language as a strategy to avoid raising serious constitutional questions. By endorsing a ballot initiative that is deeply ambiguous, pro-life constituencies could be inviting courts to read the amendment in a way that sidesteps the very constitutional question they want to force.
Can you name an anti-choice organization that has ever supported contraception or pre-martial sex. The Christian Right repeatedly says that abstinence is the only form of sex education that should be taught in public schools. We have seen states that teach abstinence-only sex education have their teen pregnancy rates increase. This is what Texas public schools are teaching.
I. How they relate to God
A. Is Jesus their first love?
B. Trying to impress people or serve God?
Another public school district uses this:
Question: "What does the Bible say about sex before marriage/premarital sex?"
Answer: Along with all other kinds of sexual immorality, sex before marriage/premarital sex is repeatedly condemned in Scripture (Acts 15:20; Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:13,18; 7:2; 10:8; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 7).
This so-called education does not teach kids about STDs or how to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. This is designed to religiously indoctrinate kids. The result is more teen pregnancies in Texas.
The Mississippi anti-choicers don't even contemplate what kind of social services are needed for the increase of of newborn babies. These toddlers are going to need to be fed and some of the parents will put these babies up for adoption. The only thing that the anti-choicers care about is stop people from having sex.