A major force in CO politics and beyond, personhood deserves continued media scrutiny in 2013

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If you know the people behind Colorado’s “personhood” movement, you’d be surprised if you heard they were going to abandon their cause of banning all abortion, as well as common forms of birth control. They’re a dedicated lot; no one would argue with that.

Their commitment is reflected in the end-of-the-yearfundraising appeal of Personhood USA, excerpted below:

2012 is coming to a close and we have a lot to be grateful for in the Personhood movement.  Yes, there have been defeats along the way, but with every defeat we have come back stronger, and our opponents are terrified by the knowledge that the Personhood movement is gaining ground with every fight.

We are often asked, why are you fighting for Personhood, don’t you know you’re going to lose?  The answer is so simple.  We know that abortion is simply legalized murder, and therefore, the fight for personhood is an existential struggle, we have no choice but to fight.

In 2012, the Personhood movement has been active in dozens of legislatures, it was part of the presidential election, it won key battles in several state supreme courts, and was argued all the way to the US Supreme Court.

The legal, legislative, cultural and religious foundations for victory were firmly planted in 2012, but most importantly of all, Personhood achieved the most important single objective we set out to from day one: the Personhood movement yet again stood up boldly for Truth, we were an unwavering voice for the voiceless.

In the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, we are called to be faithful, not to be successful. Success is God’s alone.

We hope that you will continue to stand with us in the Personhood movement and join with us as our individual voices become a chorus, and the chorus becomes a movement, and the movement becomes the revolution that will undoubtedly defeat the culture of death.

Here in Colorado,  the personhood folks, though small in number, have got to be considered a major force, despite their repeated losses. They’ve not only raised the profile of their own issue to a level many fringe activists can only dream about, they’ve also played a major role in the partisan political world, affecting political races large and small across the state since 2008.

Arguably, the response by pro-choice groups to Colorado’s personhood initiative in 2008, helped embolden Democrats, in 2010, to attack GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck head on regarding his extreme anti-choice positions, which played a key role in his defeat. This led to similar Democratic tactics around the country–tactics that help re-elect Obama last year.

So it’s hard to imagine anyone arguing that personhood isn’t a major, historic presence in Colorado politics and byond. As, such the movement deserves the continued scrutiny of reporters in 2013, starting with coverage of the simple facts that they’re not giving up and that their claims of being successful and influential are accurate, despite the common perception to the contrary.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. “The only safe fetus is an armed fetus” — Personhood USA spokesman, Wayne LaPierre.  

  2. MADCO says:

    Personhood is a jobs program.

    My team of lawyers are ready and standing by to certify as a class all the frozen embryos in the state.

    Then- we’ll have to have a way to determine whether a person existed and was transported here (in Colorado) or was created here.  If the former – I think we let them go on their way, or send them away.  If the latter- we add them to a different class – and sue for their protection.

    The victims are numerous, the pockets are deep.  There will be lawyers and paralegals and couriers and receptionists and stenographers and physicians and nurses and so many more jobs I can’t even think of them all.

    If I thought the P-USA was effective, I might donate just to get things going.

  3. MADCO says:

    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    A clear reading here would imply that a person’s mere conception in Colorado does not result in citizenship. (dammit)  Unless “born” is redefined to include in utero.

    Also in the 14th

    Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

  4. parsingreality says:

    How do you know that?  Divine revelation?

    It’s certainly not in the Hebrew Bible nor the Christian Addendum.  Can’t speak to the Koran. If this is so profound, did God forget to put it in his alleged “Word?”

    I’ll just take a stab and say that if personhood supporters were to be asked if the death penalty “Is simply legalized murder,” they would not see that it is.

    Abortion has been legal throughout Western history until fairly recently.

  5. BlueCat says:

    It went from being defeated by increasing margins to not getting enough signatures to make the ballot. Major force for fundraising, I suppose.

  6. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    Language of the amendment should clarify that persons located inside the bodies of other persons can be considered to constitute a clear and present threat to the life of the host person and may be killed in self-defense under Colorado’s Castle Law.

    Fair is fair, if any other person tried crawling into my uterus the law as written allows me to shoot him for assault. Why should zygote persons get special rights?

  7. Automaticftp says:

    Deserve continued coverage – you’re simply fanning the embers by doing so.  It’s a small group of zealots who deserve to be ignored.

    Calling it a “historic” presence is beneath you, Jason.

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