Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Egg = Person, Seriously?

Last year, FMF's Get Out HER Vote campaign worked with you to get out the feminist vote and work for equal rights for all people around the issues of marriage equality, affirmative action, and reproductive rights. One of the key states we focused in on, Colorado, had a little bit of everything...not the least of which was a "fetal personhood" amendment.

Evidently, after the people of Colorado REJECTED (by 73%, I might add) this outrageous attempt to take us back to the days of back-alley abortions and criminalized birth control, someone, somewhere thought it would be a good idea to try again.

According to the Colorado Independent, the "new" version of last year's defeated amendment would "move the legal definition of a person further back into the reproductive cycle, granting cells the full spectrum of citizen rights."

Just for a second, let's consider what would happen if this passed, became law, and spread throughout the country (which is the whole point of these types of initiatives)...
  1. In-vitro Fertilization as we know it would cease to exist;
  2. Embryonic stem cell research would come to a hault;
  3. ALL birth control would become illegal - no matter its intended use (i.e. treating endometriosis, cramps, acne);
  4. ALL abortofacient forms of contraception would become illegal (i.e. the IUD Plan B);
  5. ALL abortion procedures - with complete disregard for the life of the mother, as well as cases of rape and incest - would become illegal.
Beyond this, it's not hard to imagine a dramatic increase in unintended pregnancies and a reemergence of dangerous, secret, illegal back-alley abortion facilities.

It is 2009, not 1909. We've been there. We've done that to women. We've seen the horrendous results. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION FOR RATIONAL ADULTS!

At the end of the day, we keep on working, we keep on fighting for equality, and evidently, we keep our eyes on Colorado.

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