Time for Personhood Colorado 
to recognize its cause is lost

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Hey Bill, Why don’t you join us tomorrow at the courthouse for the Pro-Life Candlelight Vigil?  We will be praying for you for sure. Peacefully.  With no venom in our hearts, only love for every innocent human life from the moment they are conceived until their natural death.

The loss of a child is traumatic for any woman. I gave birth to a premature son years ago, and am still sad that I never got to raise a child. But there are many many reasons why the “Personhood” bill is wrong for women. There are certain methods of birth control, as an example, that would become illegal if a zygote is given the same status as a woman. I’m way past the point of needing birth control, but young woman who are just starting their reproductive lives need to become informed about the implications of this proposed constitutional amendment. It isn’t as simple as some people make it out to be.

Great. Here we go again with the intellectually shallow “cutesy-ness” and hard-hearted sophistry of Good Old Bill Grant.
I have a lot more sympathy for the pro-life crown than the pro-death crowd which pretends that “choice” is no more involved than choosing to clip a toenail. At least they are trying to save lives instead of snuffing them out.
The real problem is the massive ignorance and self-absorption of our “fall of the Roman Empire” culture.
So-called “God’s Law” (aka “natural” law based on the Golden Rule and Ten Commandments) is love-based, free-will-based and protects the “natural” rights of all individuals 1) equally, 2) separately, and 3) simultaneously — something which is impossible for “positive” human law. Human law is fear-based, coercion-based, and pits the “legal” rights of one person against the “legal” rights of another person. It creates what is called the “Hegelian Dialectic”: 1) the right to life of the child (thesis) versus 2) the right to privacy of the mother (antithesis), which after spending tons of money on lawyers, arrives at a phony unworkable “resolution” (synthesis). Human law benefits only lawyers who have a government-granted commercial monopoly on access to justice.
I have a real problem with Grant and his ilk because of the grotesque self-evident intellectual dishonesty in pretending that killing a pre-born human is actually a woman’s “health decision”, when the intellectually honest, if politically difficult, real question is: at what point in a pre-born child’s development does it deserve the same legal protections as a post-birth child?
Ignoring the fact that Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) was fraudulently placed before the U.S. Supreme Court, it was about as good a decision as human law is capable of making. It said that the mother’s right of privacy trumps the child’s right to life during the first trimester. Problem is, the Supremes “slippery sloped” the first trimester into partial-birth abortion in Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U.S. 914 (2000).
In my view, only one option remains for human law to resolve the political problem of abortion, and that resolution will of necessity be opposed by the dead-ender zealots on both sides of the problem, but combined they probably only amount to less than ten percent of the population. I believe over ninety percent of the population could support an amendment to the United States Constitution which makes any and all first trimester abortions legal, all third trimester abortions illegal (except to save the life of the mother), and leaves second trimester abortions to the discretion of the state legislatures.
I say this as a person whose personal faith holds that abortion is murder, but who also intellectually understands the serious limitations of inherently unsustainable and ever-changing human law.
Interested persons can read my proposed amendment at http://bit.ly/1hj4ycd.

Face it folks, your trying to force your religious beliefs about the sanctity of human embryos and fetuses is just that, your belief, not mine. That’s the crux of this debate. You can believe anything you want about abortion and then live by it, yourself, but trying to make others live by “rules” based on your superstitions and medieval thinking won’t fly. As Bill mentioned, we’ve voted on It before and it was roundly defeated. Dressing it up in different language to try to hoodwink people is beyond despicable. You live by your code of behavior and I’ll live by mine. Civil laws apply to human beings after they are born as a matter of peaceably living together in society. That doesn’t apply to the unborn until they can be viable outside the womb, and then only under certain conditions. It is working fine and we don’t need your religious intervention to force women into your warped view of humanity.

Bill Grant’s timely column – “Time for Personhood Colorado to recognize its cause is lost” – exposes “personhood” proponents for what they are:  superficially noble but misguided absolutists seeking to exploit public sympathy for partisan political gain.

Heather Surovik’s “Brady Project” has already achieved a laudable objective – last year’s “Crimes Against Pregnant Women Act” – which, by criminalizing both reckless and/or negligent acts causing death or injury to a “pre-born”, in effect grants the same civil right to sue for wrongful death and/or injury as any “person” (albeit, exercised by a survivor). 

Contrary to Judeo-Christian tradition, the “personhood” movement rests on the fallacious moral premise that “every human life is sacred” – which applies an overly individualized interpretation, as opposed to the more collective:  “all human life is sacred”.

By countenancing aggressive wars and capital punishment for dozens of offenses, the Old Testament teaches that no particular human life is really “sacred”, because compliance with “God’s Law” was deemed vital to the survival of the “Chosen People” – as a group.

The New Testament makes no mention of the “pre-born”, but its Sermon on the Mount teaches compassion for the already-born – because promoting the “common good” is vital to the perpetuation of the human species.

“Personhood” advocates would subordinate the fundamental human and constitutional rights of already-born women to the dubious “rights” of non-viable fetuses – with total disregard for the practical consequences.  Not only would they cavalierly accelerate the proliferation of human misery attendant to over-population – beginning with unwanted children—but they would mindlessly spend billions on a labyrinth of legal enforcement mechanisms, better spent on aiding the neediest already among us.

The real reason for such “personhood” initiatives is to promote voter turnout in 2014 by religious zealots—who seek to impose their version of “sharia law” on the rest of us.



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