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Impending “Personhood” Fight Splits Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Activists

Impending “Personhood” Fight Splits Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Activists

Wisconsin has decided to join multiple other states in seeing if they can force legal “personhood” on fertilized eggs.  However, unlike other states in the country, Wisconsin is seeing growing opposition, and it’s coming from within the anti-abortion advocates themselves.

Pro-Life Wisconsin, who is helping to spearhead the so-called “personhood” initiative with legislative support and billboards for creating a public relations face, is being opposed by Wisconsin Right to Life, who believes that personhood is a move that the state just isn’t ready to accept, and that advocating for a law that outlaws abortion, some forms of fertility treatments and even some methods of birth control, is not only so radical it will alienate the state, but has no legal legs to stand on.

Pro-Life Wisconsin doesn’t see that as a concern, and attacks Wisconsin Right to Life over not being committed to ending abortion. “Shockingly, the strongest opposition to the bill at this point is coming from Wisconsin Right to Life (WRL). In February WRL published a position paper vowing to oppose any effort to grant Wisconsin’s pre-born babies full constitutional rights as persons, labeling such efforts a ‘threat to [the] protection of Wisconsin unborn children.’ They worked hard to ensure a personhood amendment was never introduced. Having failed in that effort, they are now calling every state legislator demanding that they not sign on to the bill. WRL admits that their legal reasoning for opposing a state personhood amendment is speculative. WRL offers no case law to back up their asserted problems, admitting that they are only ‘probable’.”

Wisconsin isn’t the only state to have internal battles among the anti-abortion factions over how far to go when pushing anti-choice legislation.  Ohio still has its “Heartbeat” abortion ban on hold, due in part to the efforts of Ohio Right to Life, who wants the bill blocked because they don’t see it as legally viable and are afraid it will endanger other abortion restriction laws they are attempting to pass, as well as re-codify the ruling reached in Roe V. Wade, making it that much harder to overturn in the Supreme Court.

Sadly, anti-choice activists battling other anti-choice activists seem to be the only way to stop the onslaught of abortion restrictions passing at the state level.  Until we can re-elect pro-choice majorities back into state office, the best reproductive rights advocates can do currently is hope they keep up the good fight — against each other.

 

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2:41AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Personhood... I'd like to apply for all abused children to have personhood so they can enjoy this type of "protection". But no. It's relating to the barely conceived, and then they don't care after the babies are born.

4:28PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Zee K How old would your son or daughter be now?

9:21PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

What a load of garbage.

9:19PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Yes, all miscarriages will be a suspected criminal offense and it will have to be determined whether "God" or the mother is the murderer. If the mother does not deliberately miscarry,
then Almighty God is the murderer. The Ruler of the Universe, Almighty God, causes miscarriages and is a baby murderer. The police will have to investigate whether the mother
prayed enough or not.

1:18AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others.
Later on Sex Education should be taught from Contraceptives, Masturbation,LGBT and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. They should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy,STD, AIDS ) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry and Algebra. They can learn this in college if need be. I believe this is a solution. Nipping it in the Bud so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

11:09PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Thank you for the information.

I remember the horror of discovering I was pregant!

9:46PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Anti-abortionists should never have an abortion. Never, never, never!
BUT they have absolutely NO right to impose their belief on me or anyone else!
Live your own life as you see fit, but if you insist on living other people's lives and make other people's life's decisions, the Pro-choicers will invade your homes and dictate to YOU how YOU should live your life, and make your life's decisions. Anti-abortionists are being played like puppets by republicans who use this wedge every opportunity they get to stir up the base in order to secure votes based on religious beliefs, to obscure the important issues. Republicans may be Christians, but they're NOT G-d's favorites.

9:07PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Personhood?? For a few cells? What a joke!!

7:31PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Are ALL miscarriages going to be treated as potential abortions and investigated as such, with the women in question being treated as potential criminals until cleared?

Since most miscarriages occur in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, often in the first 5-6 before a woman even knows she is pregnant is a "panty-liner police department" going to be set up to examine every fertile female's....feminine hygiene products...every month, to determine if a miscarriage rather than a normal period took place for potential criminal investigation?

Who is going to pay for this? Are we going to stop arresting drug dealers or enforcing traffic laws so we can examine women and girls' underwear every month?

7:05PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Why do they have to make everything difficult.

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