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Florida 'Personhood Amendment' Would Ban Contraception Along With Abortion

By September 14, 2009

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What happens when a sperm unites with an egg? Conception...and personhood if a group battling abortion in Florida has its way. If a "Personhood Amendment" passes in Florida, an embryo would have human rights at the moment of conception. Supporters say this would make abortion and many forms of contraception -- such as oral contraceptives and the morning after pill -- illegal.

A Florida AP story in the Miami Herald describes this threat to reproductive choice:

A group called Personhood Florida is sponsoring the amendment with help from the American Life League, a Roman Catholic group based in Stafford, Va., which also is targeting up to 24 other states.

"We believe that that tiny baby that we see on the ultrasound is nothing but a person," said Personhood Florida organizer Brenda MacMenamin of Port St. Lucie. "It is a person with rights, the most basic of those being the right to life."

Another Personhood Florida leader, Pat McEwen, who also directs Melbourne-based Life Coalition International, said: "Our cause is just and our God is able."

Voters in Colorado rejected a similar a proposal by a 3-to-1 margin last year, but another attempt is being made to get back on the ballot there next year. Efforts to get on the ballot failed in Georgia and Oregon last year. North Dakota lawmakers this year rejected a personhood bill.

Why is this happening? Because we have a pro-choice president. As the former president of a national reproductive rights organization explained to me, ultra-conservative anti-choice groups are using this 'threat' to energize the radical right.

The anti-abortion movement has been around for a long time, but now they are hell-bent on dismantling such basic human rights as access to family planning and contraception. That's what they're up to during this pro-choice administration.

Here's what we need to do.

Talk about the Florida "Personhood Amendment" and pass this information along. Just don't be complacent and say, "It'll never pass."  Because if we don't act and don't speak out, it may.


September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm
(1) MLL says:

“Personhood Amendment” give me a break, hell, we couldn’t even get the ERA passed (Equal Rights Amendment). Matter of preference I guess. Fanactics is what I choose to call these anti-choice groups. Bet most are men? Oh, idea!! let them have a child from a violent rape, incest, etc. Let others choose not be dictated to. America Land of the Free, or is it.
Another Idea!! let’s just take ALL these anti-choice folks choices away, no matter if it is important to them or not, just give them NO choices at all. Not even to their anti-choice rights. I realy wish they would get it, the operative word is “CHOICE” and nothing else.
Ok, let’s hear it for the right Choice to Choose.

September 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm
(2) Lizbeth says:

Ultra-conservative anti-choice groups want to take away MY human rights that are now protected by LAW???

Let’s go one better… lets take away the choice of those ultra-conservative anti-choice groups and FORCE them to use birth control… make it a law so we don’t breed any more crazy!

September 16, 2009 at 4:29 am
(3) j.a.m. says:

You’re an ignoramus.

September 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(4) whiteknyght says:

From the ridiculous to the… sublime idiotic… apparently breast cancer awareness causes like Sara G Kommen is just a front in the pro-abortion movement, causing harm to women… obviously by stopping their bodies from being the god-decreed factories they were intended.


November 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm
(5) K.T. Frogg says:

Here’s what we need to do.

First, ignore the actual language of the personhood amendment that says “all human beings are persons from the beginning of biological development.” Never mind that the amendment says nothing about preventing conception or birth control. We need to foster the belief in the minds of the fence-sitters that it does.

Ignore the fact that this is an outright falsehood. The great unwashed American public are too unenlightened to read the words of legal intitiatives and understand them clearly. It is up to us to do their thinking for them in pithy soundbites. If it means twisting a few facts, then so be it. Abortion rights are at stake.

Second, don’t ever talk about the “personhood of the unborn child.” We could lose that way. Instead talk about “eggs as persons,” “banning contraception,” “police investigations into miscarriages,” and “women forced to have c-sections.” We need to create fear and confusion in the minds of voters in order to ensure this nationwide movement is defeated!

The last thing we need is a national discussion over when human beings become persons!

November 9, 2009 at 4:19 am
(6) Ed says:

I’d be curious to know how many people, who consider freedom of “choice” a right above all else, can properly put forward an intelligent, unselfish argument on why a fetus is not a living human. Like so many issues of our culture, the life or death question for the unborn child has become captive to a society that creates law to satisfy its weaknesses, relieve its guilt and forego its sins rather than fulfill its strengths and aspirations.

November 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm
(7) Nulono says:

You’re against the choice to rape, murder, or steal. Does that make you “anti-choice”?

I fail to see why you are hellbent on defecating upon the basic human right to not be killed.

December 8, 2010 at 8:04 am
(8) Lindsay says:

You lie…you know it, I know it, and God knows it. Funny thing is, you write this article on the assumption that other “pro-choice” people that share your opinion aren’t smart enough to research the facts. That’s hilarious! You’re assuming that they’re just going to take your word for it! If I were “pro-choice” I’d be thoroughly insulted at this point. By the way…are you “good” with Chinese infanticide? Something tells me you would be, perhaps that’s where your “pro-choice” mind comes from.

February 21, 2011 at 8:25 am
(9) KinnleyHolmes says:

its Susan G. Komen, idiot.

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