An anti-abortion group in Ohio is facing a significant shortfall in the number of signatures needed to ask voters in the presidential battleground this fall whether the state constitution should declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized, putting up another obstacle for the "personhood" movement.They've got just 5% of the signatures needed.
And they don't seem to be trying very hard. They're not spending any money. Even the the Catlick Church isn't on side.
I wonder why.
The personhood movement has already faced setbacks in other states this year. Supporters fell short of the required number of signatures to qualify for the November ballots in Nevada and California. And in Oklahoma, the state's highest court halted an amendment effort there to grant personhood rights to human embryos, saying the measure is unconstitutional.Coz it's a loser idea?
Voters have rejected similar proposals that made ballots in 2008 and 2010 in Colorado.
They also defeated the initiative in November 2011 in Mississippi, which has some of the nation's toughest abortion regulations.
On Twitter, I've been annoying the heck out of @roseblue/SUZYALLCAPS by characterizing Woodworth's Wank (M312) as a personhood initiative and posting links to possible implications of it, including criminalizing miscarriage, outlawing all abortions, banning hormonal and IUD birth control, possibly even banning in vitro fertilization treatments.
Those concerns have been raised in Ohio, but are dismissed by the measure's proponents.
Supporters in Ohio have hoped to alleviate those concerns by rephrasing their proposed amendment to say it wouldn't affect "genuine contraception" or in vitro fertilization procedures.Well, then.
On Twitter, when I asked if M312 would entail investigation of miscarriages. @roseblue/SUZYALLCAPS said: 'No'.
And we all felt reassured.
Thing is, SUZYALLCAPS doesn't like the characterization as 'personhood'. SHE knows that under that rubric, it has LOST big time, and among the strongest voices against it are 'infertility advocates'.
(Plain text to avoid juvenile fetal porn redirect.)
This is why I think pro-lifers should use the label "fetal rights" or "unborn rights" advocate.Right, then.
Because that's what it ultimately is about.
Here's your assignment, fans of women's rights: Tweet, blog, and talk about Woodworth's Wank as a 'personhood' initiative.
It's not, of course, but as I'm saying on Twitter: