I just finished marking my mail-in ballot for this election cycle. As you might recall, I live in Colorado and the ballot once again includes a proposal to amend the state constitution to ban abortions.
This year, the amendment would ban abortions even in cases of rape and incest. Which instantly made me wonder what kind of person requires a woman to carry her rapist’s spawn to term?
Well, a close reading of the proposed amendment discovers that the kind of person who would require a woman to carry her rapist’s spawn to term is precisely the same kind of person who would deny her an abortion even if one was necessary to save her life, for the amendment would do that too!
The amendment would declare that, for legal purposes, personhood is defined as the “beginning of the biological development of that human being.” Such a sweeping definition of personhood would not only ban all abortions (even in cases of rape, incest and threats to the mother’s life), it would also make certain forms of birth control, stem-cell research and even some fertility treatments illegal. [emphasis mine]
At this point, you might want to believe the amendment is a joke. But it’s not. Instead, it appears that two fundamentalist pastors put their heads together and the amendment was birthed of that union.
Golly. Who would have suspected a couple fundamentalists to be behind a perfect storm of insanity?