Amendment 48 – Sarah Palin’s Dream For America

Vote No on Amendment 48

This Anti-Woman, Anti-Choice initiative will be on the Colorado ballot in November. Proponents of this would define a fertilized egg as a “person” in the Colorado constitution in sections 3, 6 and 25 of the Colorado Bill of Rights. The so-called “Personhood Amendment” wants to establish a way to ban all abortion.

It’s offenses are manifold. As Friedman grimly chronicles, this bill is not just anti-abortion, but anti-contraception; it will disproportionately effect young women, women of color, incarcerated women, and low-income women; it advances fetal rights over women’s rights and it misleadingly co-opts feminist language. (The group backing the amendment is called Colorado for Equal Rights.)

Amendment 48 not only bans all abortions in every instance–even in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman is at risk–it also threatens stem cell research and in vitro fertilization, compromises the doctor-patient relationship, and deprives access to common hormonal birth control methods (i.e. the pill and IUD), and to emergency contraception for rape and incest victims.

Femisting.com has also compiled extensive research on this amendment. This is one of the facts they uncovered.

Fetal (or in this case, even embryonic) “rights” trumping women’s rights? Check. The amendment would officially change the definition of “person” to include “any human being from the moment of fertilization,” therefore endowing all embryos in the state (whether they’re implanted in a woman’s body or not) with “inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law.”

What is unclear: would this initiative mean Colorado women who face an ectopic pregnancy would need government approval before the life-threatening pregnancy is removed? Also, would this initiative open the door for criminal investigations into miscarriages or situations where a woman’s body rejected implantation of a fertilized egg?  What makes matters even worse, is that the group pushing Amendment 48 includes some right-wing funders, who aren’t even from Colorado. They are using Colorado to see how far they can push their agenda. I want to help them spread the word to fight this horrible amendment and raise awareness of the ramifications of such ludicrous legislation.

(H/T TheNation)

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7 thoughts on “Amendment 48 – Sarah Palin’s Dream For America

  1. FR, thanks this is really important. I have my own domino theory when it comes to women’s rights. As RUC says: one manacle at a time..

  2. EV, When I found this at The Nation I was horrified-that any right wing group would go to such an extreme. This is just the issue that Palin would push on America if elected. She has so many unusual beliefs, I’m amazed any woman could support her. Palin lacks the critical thinking skills to understand the ramifications on all women, should her dream come true..

  3. Unbelievable.

    Not every fertilized egg achieves implantation. Does this mean every fertile woman in this country would be subject to daily testing to see if her HCG levels have risen? Will she suffer consequences if the egg does not implant? Maybe she had a drink, or took aspirin, or something.

    What the fuck is wrong with these people!?

  4. Another step back toward making women second-class citizens again, but taking it even further to third-class criminals. This is beyond ludicrous. You’re right, freb, Palin (and her ilk) cannot think beyond their narrow, yet amazingly consequential, vision of banning abortion completely.

  5. Yes, this will open the door to prosecutions for miscarriages.

    It will likely start with a female drug-addict who miscarries, then one who consumes alcohol or smokes, and eventually to the ob/gyn who prescribes medications…

    I can also forsee a legal challenge under the 13th amendment: the pregnant female is placed in a position of involuntary forced servitude, seeing to the every need of another human being 24/7 without her consent. In theory, an unwanted child could be born owing money damages to the mother. It is also possible the father could owe money damages as well.

    Creative lawyers will be able to craft lawsuits for babies born with deformities or Down Syndrome or any other genetic defect.

  6. Thank you for your opposition to Amendment 48!

    You might be interested to read an issue paper published by the Coalition for Secular Government: “Amendment 48 Is Anti-Life: Why It Matters That a Fertilized Egg Is Not a Person” by Ari Armstrong and myself. It’s available at:

    Click to access a48.pdf

    We discuss some of the serious implications of this proposed amendment, including its effects on the legality of abortion, birth control, and in vitro fertilization. And we offer a strong defense of abortion rights based on the biological facts of pregnancy.

    Diana Hsieh
    Founder, Coalition for Secular Government
    http://www.seculargovernment.us

    The Coalition for Secular Government advocates government solely based on secular principles of individual rights. The protection of a person’s basic rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness — including freedom of religion and conscience — requires a strict separation of church and state.

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