Posts tagged "fetal personhood"

South Carolina Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

A South Carolina state Senate panel has advanced a bill that justifies a pregnant woman using force against anyone who tries to harm her “unborn child.” Abortion rights supports rightly point out bills like this are a sneaky attempt to criminalize abortion by making a fetus legally recognized as person. (The panel postponed o…

Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2014

Colorado Is Considering “Fetal Personhood” Bill To Ban Abortion

Colorado’s state legislature is considering a “fetal personhood” bill which would classify a fertilized egg as a “human being.” Such a bill would ban all abortions and possibly ban emergency contraception, including in cases of rape and incest. [KDVRThink Progress]
Oh, look, yet another depressing study about how women’s perceived…

Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2014

Colorado Anti-Choicers Get Enough Signatures For Fetal Personhood Ballot Initiative

Anti-abortion activists have been successful in collecting enough signatures to get a fetal personhood ballot initiative for the 2014 election.The initiative will ask voters if they would like to change the definition of a person to include fetuses, or in anti-abortion parlance, the “unborn,” in the state’s criminal code.

Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2013

North Dakota Passes Anti-Abortion Law Saying Life Begins At Conception

North Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion today: the ND House of Representatives advanced a “fetal personhood” measure which declares a fertilized egg a human, thereby criminalizing all abortion. The bill now heads to the Republican governor’s desk.  [Huffington Post]
Smith College, a well-regarded women’s college which graduated the like…

Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2013

North Dakota Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Measure

North Dakota’s state Senate has approved a “fetal personhood” voter initiative which would allow citizens  to vote on whether to amend the state constitution to read that life begins at conception, thereby criminalizing all abortion. It now must pass North Dakota’s House of Representatives before it ends up on the 2014 ballot. [Feminist.org, Huffington

Jessica Wakeman / February 8, 2013

Paul Ryan: 12 Things To Know About Mitt Romney’s VP Pick

Happy Saturday, folks! Did you hear? Mitt Romney has announced his running mate for the presidential election — Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Let’s get to know him, shall we?

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 11, 2012

The Soapbox: In America, We Treat Our Moms Like Second-Class Citizens

Are you a mother? Do you know someone who is? You probably do, and that’s why you should be very concerned about Alabama’s chemical endangerment clause, which aims to protect fetuses from mothers who abuse drugs. Alabama’s law — and others like it — signify a wave of legislation aimed at granting fetuses more rights

Julie Gerstein / May 1, 2012

Dude Lawmaker: How Dare Government Try To Control Men’s Bodies!

Nothing is quite so entertaining as people who don’t recognize their own hypocrisy, huh? Recently, our hero, Oklahoma State Sen. Constance Johnson (D), introduced an “Every Sperm Is Sacred” law to try to outlaw male masturbation. Legislators in OK have been concerned with banning abortion rights, including a “fetal personhood” amendment which would define a fertilized egg…

Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2012

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner Says She Is “Serious” About Viagra Bill

Words cannot express how much I want to thank and then high-five Ohio State Senator Nina Turner. She’s the politician who’s introduced a bill that says men looking for a prescription for Viagra would first need to get a sex therapist’s permission, a cardiac stress test, and confirmation that “the patient’s symptoms are not solely…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 14, 2012

Hero Of The Week: City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh Proposes Bill Forbidding Men From Destroying Semen

Wilmington City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh was fed up with the recent spate of fetal personhood bills, which aim to declare that a woman’s fertilized egg is somehow the same as a “person.” So she decided to challenge those bills by introducing one of her own — a resolution to recognize the sacred life present i…

Julie Gerstein / March 7, 2012

Hero Of The Week: Oklahoma Senator Judy Eason McIntyre And Her Rad Sign

On Tuesday, nearly 1000 people gathered in Oklahoma City to protest the state’s fetal personhood amendment, which seeks to legally declare that life begins at conception and would thus render abortion illegal. Among the protestors was this awesome lady, Senator Judy Eason McIntyre, whose [UPDATE] who borrowed this bawdy sign from a fellow protestor. It basically…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 1, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Virginia Kills “Fetal Personhood” Bill

Virginia’s state Senate killed a “fetal personhood bill” which would have criminalized all abortions by declaring a fetus to be a human being at the moment of conception. Yesterday, Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell rescinded his intent to sign a “transvaginal ultrasound” bill, which would have required a woman seeking an abortion to be vaginally…

Jessica Wakeman / February 23, 2012

Virginia Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” And “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Bills

Virginia politicians advanced two extreme and extremely disturbing anti-abortion bills yesterday — Valentine’s Day, for God’s sake! One is a so-called “fetal personhood” amendment, which would criminalize all abortions by declaring that a fertilized egg is a person. 

The state’s Republican-controlled House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed the “fetal personhood” bill, which now head…

Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2012

Oklahoma Senator Constance Johnson Suggests “Every Sperm Is Sacred”

Following in the footsteps of Janet Howell, the Virginia state senator who added a rectal exam amendment to a bill that required women to get an ultrasound before having an abortion, Oklahoma Senator Constance Johnson found a clever way to protest the controversial “fetal personhood laws” cropping up in conservative states. Senate Bill 1433 says “the unbor…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 8, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Initiative Is Misleading

A Nevada judge has ruled that a fetal personhood ballot initiative, which seeks to criminalize abortion by declaring a fertilized egg a “person,” is misleading and fails to explain its effects to voters. The judge ruled that the ballot initiative needs to make clear that the fetal personhood initiative would criminalize birth control and…

Jessica Wakeman / December 20, 2011

Mississippi’s “Fetal Personhood” Amendment Fails

That’s a relief.

Mississippi voters failed to pass an anti-abortion “fetal personhood” amendment, which would have defined the beginning of life at conception and therefore criminalized all abortions — including those resulting from rape or incest. Initiative 26, as the ballot measure was known as, also would have criminalized IVF treatments and some…

Jessica Wakeman / November 9, 2011

Mississippi To Vote On Fetal Personhood Amendment Which Would Outlaw Birth Control And IVF

Tomorrow, Election Day, voters in Mississippi will vote on a fetal personhood amendment to define a fetus as a person in the state constitution, thereby criminalizing all abortion. Initiative 26 would define a “person” as “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.” If it passes, surgical abortions would…

Jessica Wakeman / November 7, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Anti-Abortion Group Compares Fetuses To Slaves

Personhood Colorado, an anti-abortion group that tries to get fetuses designated as “people” so that abortion is legally considered murder, has a controversial new campaign comparing fetuses to slaves. Upcoming radio ads will be voiced by a fictional slave named George Stevens who will talk about how people are not property. Can you say…

Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2010

Attack Of The Killer Pregnant Women!

On Tuesday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow a pregnant woman to use deadly force if someone threatens the life of her or the fetus she is carrying. It’s apparently based on a case — in Michigan, mind you — where a pregnant woman was convicted of manslaughter after she…

Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2010

Today’s Lady News: ACLU Challenges Nevada’s Attempt To Call A Fetus A “Person”

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Nevada Supreme Court on Friday to challenge a ballot initiative seeking to ban abortions by calling a fetus a “person.” The initiative would change the Nevada Constitution by adding this: “In the great state of Nevada, the term ‘person’ applies to every human being.” The…

Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2010