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  • The People at the Center of Abortion Politics

    01/26/2016 9:41:24 AM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    American Life League ^ | 1/26/16 | American Life League
    At first glance, a reader might get the impression that the title of this article refers to individuals such as candidates for political office, abortion advocates like President Obama, or opposing cultural pressure groups. If any of these come to mind, then you should think again. The people to whom I am referring are the preborn—the innocent children whose right to life is bandied about constantly by the media, the debaters, the pundits, and others. It sometimes seems that the phrase “abortion issue” is really all they want to write about or discuss. It is rare to see a reference...
  • The trouble with ‘persons’

    12/14/2015 12:39:52 PM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/14/15 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    December 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- A fascinating article in The Public Discourse by political scientist Carson Holloway of The Heritage Foundation makes an irrefutable case that “corporations are people, too.” Quoting everyone from William Blackstone to Alexander Hamilton, Holloway demonstrates that the idea of “an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of law” (Chief Justice John Marshall) is not only older than the Republic but essential to the functioning of society. This has long been embedded in federal law.  Holloway cites Title I of the U.S. Code, which states that “unless the context indicates otherwise” the “words ‘person’ and ‘whoever’...
  • Doctor fights wrongful death suit by claiming baby wasnt viable, so not a person

    10/27/2015 6:14:50 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/26/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    HARTFORD, Connecticut, October 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Melanie and Floyd Foster's baby died, they say, because their doctor, OB/GYN Corinne de Cholnoky, ruptured the baby's membrane while trying to remove an IUD. As a direct result, they say, their premature baby was later born alive but died after two hours. Because the baby was only 22 weeks along, Dr. de Cholnoky says the baby was not viable and therefore not a person, and no wrongful death occurred. Because the baby was born alive, the Fosters – and the judge presiding over the case – say the baby was a person,...
  • People v Jennifer Jorgensen (Breaking: NY Appeals Court rules a six-day-old child is not a person)

    10/22/2015 7:19:44 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 65 replies
    New York State Court of Appeals ^ | 10/22/15 | New York State Court of Appeals
    On May 30, 2008, defendant, driving eastbound on Whiskey Road in Suffolk County, entered the westbound lane and struck the vehicle of Robert and Mary Kelly head on, killing them both. At the time of the collision, defendant was 34 weeks pregnant. She was taken to a local hospital where, due to signs of fetal distress, she consented to an emergency cesarean section. Despite the best efforts of hospital personnel, the baby died six days later. An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was due to injuries sustained in the accident.... Following deliberations, the jury returned a verdict finding...
  • If there's anything that reveals the lie liberals are "progressive" it's personhood

    08/13/2015 4:08:45 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-13-15 | The Looking Spoon
    I found this online, and to use whiny social justice speak, it triggered something in me. Notice the regression? Not only in age, but scientifically as well. We understand more about life than at any point in human history, by far. That understanding is on a molecular level, and yet liberals want to pretend that a fetus is just a clump of cells (when they're not ignoring the organs they sell) and that it doesn't constitute life. It's willful ignorance for the sake of political expediency, at best, and the last thing you can ascribe to such thinking is "progress."
  • Judge: 'Efforts to extend legal rights to chimpanzees are thus understandable'

    07/31/2015 5:38:43 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 10 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 7/31/15 | Steve Berman
    I am not making this up. A New York judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Nonhuman Rights Project to grant personhood to two chimpanzees, namedHercules and Leo. This isn't the first attempt to grant "human" status to chimps: last year a judge threw out a similar request for a chimp named Tommy. But the worst part isn't the fact that self-hating humans keep trying to elevate soulless primates and give them equal status with lawyers--it's the judge's reaction. State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe wrotethis: "Efforts to extend legal rights to chimpanzees are thus understandable; some day they may even...
  • Dignitas Personae

    12/12/2008 12:06:09 PM PST · by annalex · 32 replies · 716+ views
    The Vatican ^ | 12.12.2008 | The Roman Curia
    Regarding the Instruction Dignitas PersonaeAim In recent years, biomedical research has made great strides, opening new possibilities for the treatment of disease, but also giving rise to serious questions which had not been directly treated in the Instruction Donum vitae (22 February 1987). A new Instruction, which is dated 8 September 2008, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, seeks to provide some responses to these new bioethical questions, as these have been the focus of expectations and concerns in large sectors of society. In this way, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeks both...
  • The shockingly bloody history of legal personhood

    02/20/2015 8:01:13 AM PST · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/19/15 | Jonathon Van Maren
    I’ve been on campus at the University of Central Florida this week with a team of volunteers, debating university students on the issue of abortion. One mark of our generation seems to come up in many of my conversations: An ignorance of history. “He who does not know the past,” John G. Diefenbaker once noted, “can never understand the present, and he certainly can do nothing for the future.” A prescient statement—in regards to abortion, we are destroying the future, child by butchered child.Time and time again, students bring up the same tired arguments to support abortion. Once you’ve established...
  • British court: unborn are organisms...(no compensation for baby born w/ fetal alcohol syndrome)

    12/08/2014 9:45:42 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 8 December 2014 | Philippa Taylor
    Unborn baby a 10 weeks Seven years ago, a baby girl (who cannot be named for legal reasons) was born to a 19 year old mother who had drunk heavily throughout her pregnancy, despite warnings from healthcare workers that her drinking could damage her baby. This girl and, indirectly, her mother, are now making headlines. The girl was badly harmed by her mothers drinking. She now has Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which has lead to retarded growth, facial abnormalities, intellectual impairment and other major complications. For the last five years her Local Authority has tried to secure Criminal Injuries...
  • Michigan License To Discriminate A Portent Of Impending Theocracy (Compares us to ISIS)

    12/05/2014 9:42:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rmuse
    There has been no dearth of news stories, reports, and commentary over the past few months on the epidemic of racists, whether in law enforcement or the general population, either inflicting or attempting to inflict, punishment on African Americans for being African Americans. As noted here on Tuesday, there are certain groups who are adamant that as superior human beings they have authority to mete out punishment for violations of their beliefs that are usually borne of religion. Despite protections in the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws, the past six years have seen an increase in religious fundamentalists...
  • Its time for the personhood movement to do some sober analysis

    11/11/2014 9:44:57 AM PST · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/7/14 | Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D.
    The rest of conservative America may be celebrating, but for the Personhood movement, it is time for some sober analysis. Tuesday’s election results were certainly not good for pro-abortion Democrats, but they were even worse for the Personhood movement.  I have to admit that my own predictions were off and I am sorely disappointed. After the defeat of Measure 1 in North Dakota by an unexpectedly wide vote of 64-36 and of the Brady Amendment in Colorado by an almost identical margin of 65-35, it isn’t an overstatement to say that the statewide personhood ballot measure is dead for now. Here’s why.   In 2011, when personhood...
  • Pro-life tsunami: Republicans sweep midterms in historic victory

    11/05/2014 12:10:33 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Ben Johnson
    Pro-life candidates swept into office nationwide... fueled by opposition to the poor economy, President Obama, and his signature accomplishment: ObamaCare... Those candidates most outspoken on abortion outperformed those who were reticent to engage the pro-life community. The results support life and traditional marriage. National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown says NOM spent $200,000 ... in grassroots efforts... "It's time for the GOP... to wake up and realize that marriage is a winning issue, in red states and blue," Brown said. "We look forward to working with Congress to advance the cause of marriage.
  • Personhood movement on the line in Tuesdays midterm elections

    11/04/2014 10:51:49 AM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/4/14 | Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D.
    The personhood movement is likely to either collapse or ignite as a result of today’s midterm elections. A lot is on the line as Colorado’s Amendment 67 and North Dakota’s Measure 1 are headed to the polls.  The most important question on the mind of most political insiders is the viability of 100 percent pro-life candidates who will be tested on the national stage on the questions of personhood.  Will Cory Gardner, the Senate candidate from Colorado, a man who has renounced his past support of personhood, fare better or worse than Joni Ernst, the Senate candidate from Iowa who did not renounce her support for personhood? Will the literal...
  • Fetus-phobia has taken over the media

    10/24/2014 11:55:19 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/24/14 | Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D.
    Every single day over 3,000 unborn children in the United States are brutally murdered by having their limbs literally torn and ripped apart.  This is the cold hard truth, and although every year there are hundreds of pro-life laws attempting to confront this dark reality legislatively, you will almost never hear a positive news story about pro-lifers. I believe that Heather and Brady's story needs to be heard and that the political media should be chastised for burying and distorting it. In the spring of 2013, I drafted and was one of the two proponents of the Colorado Brady...
  • Rand Paul and Cory Gardners problem with chimps (Abortion and Personhood)

    10/13/2014 5:12:02 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/10/14 | Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D.
    As of the writing of this story, if you run a google news search on the word “personhood” two clusters of news appear.  The first set of articles relate to Tommy the chimp and the case that is being argued on appeal in the State of New York to establish legal personhood for animals. The second cluster is a barrage of “news” articles - more political porn than news - in which the main stream media is attempting to portray all politicians who support or supported universal human personhood as either Taliban-like religious zealots, or hypocrites running from their past.Let’s...
  • New Hampshire Republican Party adds 'personhood' to official platform

    09/22/2014 7:13:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/22/2014 | Rebecca Berg
    The New Hampshire Republican Party amended its platform this weekend with stricter abortion provisions, including support for "personhood," which defines life as beginning at conception.Personhood has become a hot-button issue in Senate races across the country this year, such as Colorado, where Democrats have successfully attacked Rep. Cory Gardner for having supported such a measure in the past.Now, the issue could spread to New Hampshire, following the state party's decision at its convention.The platform now states: "Support the pre-born child's fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections."It added: "Support a...
  • The Soul of the Pro-Life Movement: Saving Every Baby Possible From Abortion

    08/11/2014 11:39:37 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/11/14 | Father Frank Pavone
    More pro-life legislation has been enacted on the state level in recent years than at any time since Roe vs. Wade, and even at the federal level, legislation has been introduced that would put the abortion limit in the United States at 20 weeks rather than at birth.Yet there are those who will insist that banning only some abortions is not the right approach, given that every abortion is equally wrong from a moral standpoint, and that no law can ever justify a single abortion. Some in the movement, in fact, hold that the only public policy initiatives we should...
  • When it comes to personhood, science is a category error

    07/09/2014 12:35:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 07/08/2014 | Jeffrey Weiss
    (RNS) Arthur Caplan is the nation’s most quoted medical ethicist for a couple of reasons: He knows his stuff. And he’s unusually accessible. But even Homer nods.Arthur L. Caplan is the head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center. Creative Commons image by Pete Wright In an essay in the upcoming issue of Free Inquiry magazine about the contraception and abortion debate, Caplan makes what the philosophers call a “category error.” In it, he tries to bring science into the argument about personhood. As Caplan frames the issue:“When does human life begin? For those...
  • The Central Question in the Abortion Debate is Still: Is This a Human Being?

    07/08/2014 10:06:52 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/8/14 | Ben Williamson
    It is absolutely critical that the issue dividing the pro-lifers and abortion advocates be clarified and not muddled by irrelevancies. As author Scott Klusendorf points out in The Case for Life: “If you think a particular argument for elective abortion begs the question regarding the status of the unborn, here’s how to clarify things: Ask if this particular justification for abortion also works as a justification for killing toddlers. If not, the argument assumes that the unborn are not fully human.” (The Case for Life, p. 25, para. 1). Since hardly anybody appeals to bodily rights, economic conveniences, or rights...
  • New Lawsuit Seeks 'Legal Personhood' For a Chimpanzee

    12/02/2013 3:49:47 PM PST · by lbryce · 38 replies
    The Verge ^ | December 2, 2013 | Katie Drummond
    An animal rights group is taking to the courts in an effort to seek personhood for a chimpanzee. In a lawsuit filed today in Fulton County, New York, the Nonhuman Rights Project demands that "Tommy" a privately owned chimp who lives on a reindeer farm in the state be freed from his owners and moved to a sanctuary. According to the group, they'll also file two additional lawsuits seeking sanctuary for chimps in other parts of the state. Those chimps are Kiko, living at a nonprofit center, and Hercules and Leo, being used for research at Stony Brook...
  • Are You for 4th Trimester Abortions?

    08/19/2013 11:28:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/19/2013 | Steve Deace
    This video from the Media Research Center is tragic on many levels. The video portrays MRC's clever attempt to get people to sign a petition in favor of "fourth trimester abortions," using all the same phony-baloney propaganda spewed by advocates for the child killing industry. And several times on camera it works. Sure, a couple of people question the petition. One gentleman refuses to sign and asks the MRC staffer if he'll attend his Bible study with him instead. Another young lady says that's killing a live human being so she can't sign on. But other than those rare exceptions,...
  • ND lawmakers define life as starting at conception

    03/22/2013 11:04:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 23, 2013 1:29 AM EDT | James MacPherson
    North Dakota didnt set out to become the abortion debate's new epicenter. It happened by accident, after a legislative caucus that once vetted abortion bills languished, leaving lawmakers to propose a flurry of measuressome cribbed from Wikipediawithout roadblocks. Lawmakers on Friday took a step toward outlawing abortion altogether in the state by passing a so-called personhood resolution that says a fertilized egg has the same right to life as a person. The Houses approval sends the matter to voters, who will decide whether to add the wording to the states constitution in November 2014. Its one of several anti-abortion...
  • North Dakota Moves Toward Passage of Pro-Life Personhood Amendment

    02/10/2013 8:13:54 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    New American ^ | Feb 10, 2013 | Dave Bohon
    The North Dakota state Senate approved an amendment last Thursday that would protect unborn babies from the moment of conception. The proposed personhood amendment (SCR 4009) declares that the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected. The Senate also passed another bill (SB 2303) meant to ensure that the protection that our criminal laws afford to victims of crimes extends to all human beings born and unborn. The amendment's sponsor, Republican State Senator Margaret Sitte, said she intended the measure to serve as a direct challenge to Roe v....
  • Abortion classified as murder if bill becomes law in Iowa

    02/07/2013 5:15:30 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 34 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | O. Kay Henderson
    A group of Republican legislators has introduced legislation that would make all abortions illegal in Iowa and any doctor who performs an abortion in Iowa would face murder charges. What the bill does is it defines what a person is, says Representative Tom Shaw, a Republican from Laurens who is the bills lead sponsor. We put it right underneath our murder statute. This is in keeping with Roe v Wade where Justice Blackman said that if the state ever defined the fetus to be a person, then, of course, it would have all the protections of the 14th amendment. ......
  • Court: Marin man can't use corporate personhood to beat carpool lane ticket

    01/08/2013 12:42:38 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 08 Jan 2013 | Will Jason
    Corporations may have many of the same rights as people, but those rights do not include riding in the carpool lane in Novato. That was the message Monday at Marin County Superior Court traffic hearing, where San Rafael activist Jonathan Frieman appeared to contest a $489 carpool fine. His argument? He was not riding alone in the carpool lane on Highway 101 in October, as alleged by police, because his corporation -- a stack of papers named "JoMiJO Foundation" -- was riding shotgun. Therefore, he was obeying the signs reading, "2 or more persons per vehicle." His lawyer, Ford Greene...
  • CO Personhood Coalition turns in 121,000 signatures - CONGRATULATIONS!

    08/07/2012 3:44:55 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 8 replies
    SelfGovernment.US ^ | Aug. 7, 2012
    The Colorado Personhood Coalition submitted more than 121,000 signatures to the secretary of state on Monday to again put Personhood on the November ballot. Only 86,000 valid signatures were needed. Congratulations Colorado!
  • Defending Life within the Boundaries of the Constitution

    08/04/2012 1:32:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    Live Action News ^ | 8/1/12 | Calvin Freiburger
    On Monday, we discussed how interpreting the Constitution from an originalist perspective reveals that there is no constitutional right to abortion. I concluded that post by challenging pro-choicers to put constitutionalism above ideology and demonstrate whether they recognize any areas where their agenda must yield to higher principles, such as judicial honesty. In the interest of fairness and clarity, today well turn that question around: what constitutional limits must pro-lifers recognize while pursuing our goals?The first, obviously, is the prospect of pro-life judicial activism. As Justice Antonin Scalia told CNNs Piers Morgan earlier this month: Just as the pro-choice people...
  • 69-year-old pro-life Personhood petitioner attacked, suffers broken hip

    07/04/2012 11:31:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 51 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/4/12 | Angela OBrien
    DENVER, CO, July 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) Days after Personhood USA president Keith Masons home was attacked in the night leaving his wife and children traumatized, a Personhood volunteer, 69-year-old Everett Stadig, was assaulted, sustaining a broken hip. On Saturday, Stadig a soft-spoken and slender gentleman - was thrown off his bicycle while peacefully gathering signatures for the Personhood amendment in Colorado, and as a result has had to undergo surgery to replace part of his hip. Stadig stopped outside a grocery store to invite people to sign the Personhood petition. One woman expressed interest in signing, but had...
  • Personhood founders home attacked at night, children terrorized

    07/02/2012 3:50:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/2/12 | John-Henry Westen
    DENVER, CO, July 2, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - From the gunning down of a pro-life picketer in Michigan in 2009, to the filmed attack on pro-lifers in New Mexico in 2011, to another filmed attack in Washington last week, violent assault against pro-life Americans are on the rise. Another pro-lifer was attacked last Tuesday, but this time at his home, with his wife and children terrorized in the middle of the night. Personhood USA Founder and President Keith Mason and his wife Jennifer have three young children from eight years old on down, and a fourth child due next month....
  • Gay-marriage backers seek to turn tide in votes in 4 states

    06/18/2012 4:53:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Gay marriage dominates the list of social-issue ballot measures going to voters this year, with amendments for and against same-sex unions up in four blue states: In Minnesota, voters will be asked to amend their state constitution to say that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Amendments like this have already passed in 31 states, including North Carolina in May. The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment was put on the ballot by lawmakers in 2011, a few months after Republicans took over the state Legislature for the first time in 38 years. In Maine, gay-marriage...
  • Do we know whats human? Weve been wrong before

    05/01/2012 4:18:24 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/1/12 | Andr Schutten
    May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Last month marked the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincolns assassination. On the evening of April 14th, 1865 he was shot in the head and succumbed to the wound on the morning of April 15th. I finished reading a 700-page biography of this man, this heroic character who fought so hard for the end of slavery in America. And I was reminded of that political struggle on Thursday evening as I listened to the House of Commons debate over MP Stephen Woodworths Motion 312. Mr. Woodworth stood on Thursday afternoon to present his motion to the...
  • LightSquared: 'There's Too Much at Stake to Walk Away'

    03/19/2012 10:11:02 AM PDT · by bigbob · 12 replies
    Wireless Week ^ | 3-19-12 | Maisie Ramsay
    LightSquared made it clear on Friday that it's not going down without a fight. The FCC's decision to stop it from launching its wireless network violated its constitutional rights, it said, vowing to find a way to move forward. "I want to make one thing clear: We are not going away," LightSquared regulatory affairs executive Jeff Carlisle said during a call with reporters. "We know there's too much at stake here to just walk away." After LightSquared was unable to fix major problems with GPS interference, the FCC decided last month to void LightSquared's waiver for its wholesale terrestrial-satellite LTE...
  • Bringing 'Alien Torts' to America

    03/01/2012 11:48:15 AM PST · by Martin_Schmidt · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/28/2012 | David B. Rivkin Jr., and Lee Casey
    This Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases that should interest every U.S. company doing business overseas, and especially those operating in the developing world. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. and Mohamed v. Palestinian Authority raise the issue of whether corporations can be sued for violations of international law under U.S. statutes, including the Alien Tort Statute. The ATS was adopted in 1789 by the first U.S. Congress. The statute permits suits by aliens in federal courts for certain alleged international-law violations, but it was moribund for nearly 200 years and its purpose remains opaque. The...
  • Va. "Personhood" Push Grinds to a Halt in Senate... for the remainder of 2012

    02/23/2012 5:18:00 PM PST · by Steve Schulin · 7 replies
    The Slatest ^ | February 23, 2012 | Abby Ohlheiser
    ... state Senate voted to send the controversial proposal back to committee, a move that effectively kills the bill for the remainder of 2012. ... [T]he vote was 24-14 in favor of preventing the bill from coming up for an up-or-down vote... The measure, which would define the beginning of human life as at the moment of conception, was approved in the House earlier this month and a Senate committee, likewise, signed off on the effort earlier Thursday.
  • Social responsibility

    02/04/2012 10:31:53 PM PST · by kathsua · 1 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 1/31/12 | JIM AND DIANNE CANNON
    As Hutchinson News subscribers, we were saddened to read its editorial in the Jan. 23 edition titled "Socially irresponsible." In the United States each day over 3,800 little boys and girls are legally murdered through abortion. These children are human beings like your own child or grandchild. We read that little human beings in China, India and other areas are killed after birth because they are the wrong gender or an economic burden, much as U.S. babies are aborted daily when considered an economic or lifestyle liability by their parent(s). Ironically it seems acceptable to abort a child before birth,...
  • Mitt Romney skips third pro-life personhood event

    02/01/2012 4:29:37 PM PST · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/1/12 | Ben Johnson
    WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, February 1, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) On Saturday, Mitt Romney skipped his third pro-life campaign event hosted by Personhood USA, this time in Florida. Romneys rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum attended the event, which was simulcast on the organizations website. Romney chose not to attend after turning down requests to participate in Personhood USAs Iowa Tele-Town Hall, and Personhood USAs Live Presidential Prolife Forum in South Carolina. While Ron Paul, who was not campaigning in Florida, also did not attend the Florida Personhood forum, he did attend the South Carolina event. The Iowa Tele-Town Hall was attended...
  • Comparison of Proposed Corporate Personhood Amendments

    01/17/2012 6:44:07 PM PST · by Son House · 3 replies
    Battleground Blog ^ | January 17, 2012 | Rick Staggenborg
    There are many amendments that have been proposed whose sponsors claim will abolish corporate personhood and/or declare that money is not free speech. Here is a discussion of the problems with the four types that have been introduced in Congress and of two that are being promoted by various groups and individuals to address these problems. EDWARDS-STYLE AMENDMENTS TO GIVE CONGRESS THE POWER TO REGULATE CORPORATE FREE SPEECH The Donna Edwards amendment is the prototype of a group of amendments that would if passed give Congress the power to regulate corporate money in campaigns. Others falling into this group include...
  • Democrats blast fetus 'personhood' bill in Va. House

    01/12/2012 4:58:48 PM PST · by blueyon · 21 replies · 2+ views
    The Virginia Pilot/Hampton Road.com ^ | 1/12/2012 | Bill Sizemore
    Democrats staged a pre-emptive rhetorical strike today against Republican legislation that they said seeks to outlaw abortion and might even put some forms of birth control in legal jeopardy. Del. Bob Marshalls personhood bill, HB1 the first piece of legislation introduced in the House this session says that from the moment of conception, unborn children have all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this Commonwealth. In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Democratic lawmakers pounced on the bill. Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, called it reckless and divisive and an abhorrent...
  • Planned Parenthood official: medical science is irrelevant to question of when fetus is human

    01/12/2012 3:12:53 PM PST · by rhema · 22 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 11, 2012 | John Jalsevac
    In a recent article that has to be read to be believed, Shannon Dea, co-president of Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region, responds to a call by a Canadian member of parliament to have a debate on the humanity of the unborn child, saying: Medical science is irrelevant to the question of when a fetus becomes a human being that matter is a legal and philosophical one, not a medical one. Dea might as well have said that medical science is irrelevant to the question of whether or not a pig is a pig, or an elephant is an elephant, or...
  • Perry toughens anti-abortion stance

    12/28/2011 12:54:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | December 27, 2011 | Rebecca Kaplan
    ...What brought about the change? Perry said he was moved by a woman he met who appeared in former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's movie, "The Gift of Life," which he screened in Des Moines on Dec. 14. The woman has been conceived during a rape, and Perry said she told him, "My life has worth." He described the moment as "powerful." The next day, he signed the Personhood USA pledge. .Verwers asked Perry about his signature on a pledge from the anti-abortion group Personhood USA that requires candidates to oppose abortion for any reason. Verwers said Perry told him at...
  • Utah Supreme Court: fetuses are minor children

    12/22/2011 4:18:37 PM PST · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/22/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SALT LAKE CITY, December 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Utahs high court has ruled that the plain language of the legal term minor child includes children in the womb. The ruling was issued in the case of a Utah couple who was suing their doctor after their child was stillborn in 2006, saying that the doctor refused to induce labor in time. Although the justices were divided on the case, four agreed that unborn children should be classified as minor children. In my view, a plain language reading reveals that the term minor child, as used in this statute, includes an...
  • DEL. MARSHALL SAYS Tim Kaine Misrepresents HIS Personhood Bill

    12/13/2011 1:49:25 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 1 replies · 1+ views
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    FOR RELEASE: On Receipt (December 7, 2011) CONTACT: Del Bob Marshall, (703) 853-4213 Kaine 'Is Very Confused' DEL. MARSHALL SAYS Tim Kaine Misrepresents HIS Personhood Bill 'We already have enough people in Washington who vote on bills without ever reading them.' Del. Bob Marshall tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 7) accused Tim Kaine, the Democrats' presumptive 2012 candidate for the U.S. Senate, of mounting a "skewed attack on my personhood bill" in tonight's early-bird Senate debate in Richmond. "After seeing Tim Kaine's skewed attack on my personhood bill (HB1), it is obvious he is very confused," Marshall (R., 13th District) said. "First...
  • Life, Death, and Law in Mississippi

    11/12/2011 8:54:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2011 | Kathryn Lopez
    The morning after this month's relatively quiet (for most of us) Election Day, story after story arrived celebrating a pro-life defeat. "Mississippi Wins for Women!" The Daily Beast exclaimed. "Birth Control Remains Legal: Mississippi Voters Reject Draconian 'Personhood' Initiative," the National Organization for Women declared. "Our victory in Mississippi has already sent a strong message to extremists who will stop at nothing to outlaw abortion," the American Civil Liberties Union explained. Mississippi's personhood amendment, seeking to amend the state constitution's legal definition of a "person" to "include every human being from the moment of fertilization," lost at the ballot box....
  • Mississippi voters decide today if a woman's fertilized egg is a 'person'

    11/08/2011 5:17:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 8, 2011 | Andrew Malcom Political News & Commentary
    Here's a not-so-little something to keep your eyes on this evening when election returns start coming in from around the country. Much attention will likely be focused on Ohio, where Gov. John Kasich's government reprioritizing is under initiaitve attack and, according to latest polls, in serious danger of being tossed. But watch for results from Mississippi on something called Initiative 26 or MS 26. That's the so-called "personhood" measure. If passed, it would define a woman's fertilized egg as a person, which would have the likely effect of completely banning abortions without the specific ban on abortions that has encountered...
  • Life-at-fertilization initiative has hope in Miss.

    10/17/2011 11:33:57 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 2 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 10/17/11 | Emily Wagster Pettus
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) A national effort to put abortion bans into state constitutions is looking for its first victory next month in Mississippi, where voters are being asked to approve an amendment declaring that life begins when a human egg is fertilized. Supporters hope the so-called personhood initiative will succeed in a Bible Belt state that already has some of the nation's toughest abortion regulations and only a single clinic where the procedures are performed. The initiative is endorsed by both candidates in a governor's race that's being decided the same day. While Mississippi is the only state with...
  • The Fading Bright Line of Consciousness In Life & Death Decisions

    08/14/2011 9:59:19 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    Culture of Life Foundation ^ | August, 2011 | E. Christian Brugger, D.Phil.
    Most philosophical arguments against the personhood of embryos, fetuses or comatose patients focus on consciousness as the capacity that corresponds to the possession of moral value.  Conscious human beings, even minimally conscious, are obviously ‘one of us’ — have interests, feel pain, perceive objects, and can offer at least rudimentary gestures of self-report.  Since they are “persons” they should not be subjected to purely instrumental treatment such as lethal experimentation or deadly dosages of drugs.  Those who cannot exercise consciousness are either not yet persons (e.g., embryos) or no longer persons (e.g., irreversibly comatose patients). In end-of-life issues, all the...
  • Rick Perry: Abortion is a states rights issue ("You either believe in the 10th Amendment or Not")

    07/28/2011 6:03:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2011 | Allahpundit
    A smart middle-ground play for independents, but I thought he was supposed to be the great evangelical hope. Last week he said he was “fine” with New York legalizing gay marriage before clarifying today that he’s not fine with gay marriage itself. (In fact, he supports a Federal Marriage Amendment.) Now this. Why would a social-conservative voter looking for a champion who has traction in the polls prefer him to, say, Bachmann?Maybe Perry’s willing to shed some votes in Iowa in exchange for picking some up in New Hampshire. Despite holding personal pro-life beliefs, Texas Gov. Rick Perry categorized abortion...
  • The nation of Chile protects the equal rights of all, even in the womb

    04/07/2011 10:27:55 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance
    AIPNews.com ^ | Feb., 2011 | Government of Chile
    Watch this great video on YouTube!
  • Endowed by Their Creator?: The Future of Constitutional Personhood[Trans-Human]

    03/10/2011 7:56:20 PM PST · by Palter · 7 replies
    The Brookings Institution ^ | 09 Mar 2011 | James Boyle
    Part I of this paper appears below.  To download the full paper, click here. Presently, Irving Weissman, the director of Stanford University's Institute of Cancer/Stem Cell Biology and Medicine, is contemplating pushing the envelope of chimera research even further by producing human-mouse chimera whose brains would be composed of one hundred percent human cells. Weissman notes that the mice would be carefully watched: if they developed a mouse brain architecture, they would be used for research, but if they developed a human brain architecture or any hint of humanness, they would be killed. [1] Imagine two entities.Hal is a computer-based artificial...
  • The trouble with unprincipled incrementalism and allowing for exceptions

    03/02/2011 10:50:39 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 6 replies
    Facebook ^ | Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | Rebecca Kiessling
    This is my response to Scott Klusendorf's blog on the subject:Hello Scott, thank you for bringing up these very important issues.  Many in the pro-life movement will insist that we remain silent on things that matter to us in order to have “unity.”  But the reality is that there is not unity within the pro-life movement on every issue and on strategy.  We may say we want unity, but really, we’d like everyone else to either agree with us, or keep it to themselves.  I think it’s beneficial for all to have logical discussions on issues involving strategy, and...