Proponent of “fertilized eggs are people too” amendment goes all B.A. Baracus on fellow conservatives

Colorado Confidential brings us this update on the efforts of 20-year-old correspondence school law student Kristi Burton’s efforts to amend the Colorado Constitution by defining “person” to include anything from a fertilized human egg on up. My previous entry on the ballot initiative is available here.

As the video in the CC article shows, Ms. Burton is none too pleased with her conservative brethren. The male buffoon in the video, American Life League spokesmodel Michael Hichborn, gets pretty worked up as well:

“Now, amazingly there are those that claim that now is not the right time for a personhood amendment. The old saying attributed to Edmund Burke ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ is well applied to those standing on the sidelines because they decided to do just what Burke warned against. They’re simply doing nothing. And while they sit on their hands waiting — organizations like NARAL, Planned Parenthood and NOW are working to ensure another 35 years of killing babies.”

CC reports that Ms. Burton has about 60,000 of the approximately 76,000 signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot. The deadline is May 14. Whether she’ll get the necessary signatures, together with a sufficient cushion of excess signatures to make up for the inevitable thousands of signatures that end up being invalidated, remains to be seen.

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  • Jerry Hill  On April 16, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I happen to think it’s a good idea to tweak the constitution a bit. Say a drunk driver hits your pregnant wife and kills the lump in her stomach. Right now he gets off with a car accident and that’s it (maybe a DWI). If the ‘just before born’ 8 month old growing fertilized eggs are identified as people, then he caused a murder of your future offspring and would be put in jail instead of fined a few bucks.

    Just one abstract example, but the idea of defining when a Coloradian has rights is a good thing.

    Otherwise, we should just take back the rights of all our women (sufferage)and slaves (civil rights) since they were just property until a few years ago, and I don’t want my toaster to be able to vote and buy a car.

    And we ought never to consider the handicapped as different or special just because they can’t climb stairs. Certainly they don’t need any amendments either right?

  • genghishitler  On April 17, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Thanks for your comment, Jerry. Your car crash example illustrates an issue I previously discussed (see the second link in this entry). The proposed constitutional amendment would not render the drunk driver a murderer. You’d need to amend the criminal code to accomplish that, and the proposed amendment leaves the criminal code untouched.

    Otherwise, we should just take back the rights of all our women (sufferage)and slaves (civil rights) since they were just property until a few years ago, and I don’t want my toaster to be able to vote and buy a car.

    A veritable parade of non sequiturs. I fail to see how refusing to define a fertilized human egg as a person for purposes of three specific state constitutional provisions entails any of that.

    In any event, you surely know that passing this amendment would mean spending millions of state tax dollars on an ultimately doomed effort to defend it against a federal constitutional challenge. Personally, I’d rather see that money spent on something other than attorney fees.

  • LadyShea  On April 22, 2008 at 8:14 am

    I’ve often wondered if these people have thought out all the possible consequences of labeling blastocysts, zygotes, and fetus’ “persons”. Will all pregnancies need to be registered and assigned SS numbers? Can they be claimed on taxes? Can pregnant women be monitored by child welfare to ensure they aren’t doing anything negligent or harmful? Will miscarriages be investigated and death certificates issued?

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