A proposed amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution that would say life begins at conception has divided the state’s pro-life community.
State Representative André Jacque introduced the 2013 Wisconsin Personhood Amendment, which would amend the constitution’s definition of person, last Thursday.
“The personhood amendment seeks to end abortion in Wisconsin, not to regulate or restrict it,” said Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s director of legislation.
However, the measure has fractured pro-life activists in the Badger State.
The Personhood measure is supported by the American Life League, Wisconsin Family Action, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, former Regan administration Ambassador to the UN’s Economic and Social Council Alan Keyes, Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, Walter Hoye of the Issues4Life Foundation, Notre Dame Law Professor Charles E. Rice, Personhood USA, and others.
The problem with Personhood legislation, such as in WI, is the wording not the intent or motives…its language leaves out a huge class of preborn babies: those CREATED outside naturally occuring conception: IVF and similarly asexually created babies and twins naturally occuring after conception (as they always do!) are left with no protections. Correct these well known mistakes in the legislation pushed by Personhood USA and you have a more perfect bill.
Read all the scientific and philisophical stuff you’ll ever need to know on Personhood legislation, with all its flaws by Dr Dianne Irving, a philisopher, former bench research scientist and one of the top minds in the field with a depth and understanding of Aristotle and St Thomas Aquinas few can match or equal. She wrote some of the background for ALL on the topic, ALL’s support of the Personhood bill notwithstanding.
Here are two basic concepts:
Person: applies only to all living human beings from the beginning of their biological development as human organisms – regardless of age, race, sex, gender, capacity to function, condition of physical or mental dependency and/or disability, or method of sexual or asexual reproduction used, whether existing in vivo or in vitro.
Personhood: is the legal recognition of a human being’s full status as a human person, that applies to all human beings, regardless of age, race, sex, gender, capacity to function, condition of physical or mental dependency and/or disability, or method of sexual or asexual reproduction used, whether existing in vivo or in vitro.
NRTL and their chapters will always oppose bills that approach 100% total protection; it’s who they are. Bopp is former legal counsel and a shill for NRTL. ESH suggests not wasting precious resources converting the likes of NRTL and their minions: they are part of the problem, almost never part of the solution.