Montana Moves Forward With Personhood Measure

Montana is the most recent state to move forward with a so-called “personhood” measure in an attempt to circumvent legal access to abortion services.

According to the Florida Independent, the Montana secretary of state approved a “Personhood” initiative for signature gathering in an attempt to place the measure on the 2012 election ballot. In order for the initiative to make it onto the ballot supporters would need to gather the signatures of more than 48,000 Montana voters.

Montana Pro Life Coalition is leading the charge to put the measure on the ballot. The group had attempted and failed at passing a similar measure last year.

The move has split anti-abortion groups. Montana Right to Life, the Montana Catholic Conference and the Family Foundation opposed the amendment during previous election cycles. They argue such a measure, should it pass, would easily be overturned in court and has the possibility of strengthening Roe v. Wade

Even by the ever-shifting standards of the anti-choice movement, personhood measures still seem radical and fringe. Of course, that is what we were saying about measures designed to criminalize contraception and eradicate family planning services and look what the last year brought.

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Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz4 years ago

~Let all women decide what is right for them!~

Dan B.
Dan Brook4 years ago

Why do Republicans hate women so much?

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

Tom Y.
Tom Y.4 years ago

"Heartbeats alone do NOT constitute life! Even hospitals measure BRAIN ACTIVITY as the true measure of whether a person is actually alive."

Oh, Amanda M., don't you realize the heartbeat is regulated by brain function? Nobody seriously accepts the "clump of cells" argument for abortion -- it was formulated 40 years ago, when the public was much more ignorant of fetal development. You don't have that on your side now. We're all persons. We all got our start in the womb. It should not be a dangerous place, but free of arbitrary whim and murderous fiat. Fetal humans need protection, and Montana is taking the right path.

Brandal Kendall
Brandal Kendall4 years ago

(Part 2---I guess I got too long-winded because care 2 cut off half my comment)

3. Son #1--I was very lucky to marry a man who loved my daughters as his own. Wow--my first planned child! However, I got a pregnancy-induced blood clot in my lung at 2 months and and had to be bed-ridden the entire pregnancy. More than one doctor advised abortion. He is now a happy healthy little boy.

Does all this make me "morally superior?" No. But I was an adult and was not a victim of my circumstances. I created my circumstances.I take responsibility for what I create. Does this mean I don't have compassion for a young girl who gets pregnant and might have to do it all alone? Of course I have compassion for her--I WAS her! And yes, I know that there are special circumstances, that some pregnancies are life-threatening and some women have no choice. But please don't be a hypocrite. You tell me I have no right to judge any woman for her choice, but you have judged me, have you not? And are you consistent in your belief that we should not judge others, or does that only apply when it's convenient? If we should not judge women for their choices, does that mean we should not judge men either? Should we let Warren Jeffs off the hook because it was his choice to sleep with young girls and we shouldn't judge him? Should we not judge all the men who walk away from their families and leave the woman alone? After all it was their "choice" and we're all about our "choices" now, aren't we?

Brandal Kendall
Brandal Kendall4 years ago

Bobbie T: Thank you so much for your concern about my sex life and the possibility that I might go through life as a celibate. I realize that your admonition to "mind your own business" only applies to me and not to you. Because of your obvious concern as to my sex life I will enlighten you and anyone who is concerned that because I'm a vegan (therefore anti-cruelty in any form) I might have to be celibate for the rest of my life. I am the mother of three small children. I love them all dearly.
1. Daughter #1--I got pregnant with her at a young age. I was not married and was foolish and did not use any birth control. However, I took sex-ed when I was 12 years old, so I knew from a young age how babies are produced. I knew the risks of having sex and knew that *gasp* I could possibly become pregnant. Although I was young and unmarried, I took responsibility for my actions. That did not include killing her because she was rather inconvenient at the time. I later married her father.

2. Daughter #2--Her father divorced me when he found out I was pregnant with her. Yes, I was using birth control. However, because I did take that mandatory sex-ed class when I was 12, I knew that sometimes you can still get pregnant. Daddy might have stayed if I had an abortion. Not having an abortion meant I would now be a single mother to 2 little girls. I chose to have her and she has been a joy in my life. Yeah, it was hard, but yeah I knew what happens when you have sex.

3. Son #1--I wa

Thomas A.
Thomas A.4 years ago

Nothing like imprisoning women with their own inherent reproductive functions. Once again, it's the Republican standby: corporations are people and women are not.

It's the old American standby - when all else fails, hide behind the children. Put a sad little face on the TV screen or billboard to win favor by blind emotion - emotion that deliberately leads away from the issues at hand.

Nothing different here. What about the woman? Are we going to let human beings be so easily disenfranchised by a sonogram? Seriously?

It would be easier to take if these people actually gave a damn about the child once it's born - still wrong, but not so embarrassing to watch.

Amanda M.
Amanda M.4 years ago

Can a zygote/embryo/fetus think for itself? Breathe for itself? Vote? Contribute to society? No, it can't do ANY of those things. BUT A WOMAN CAN. Therefore, her rights to decide what happens to her own body trump those of a clump of cells that isn't even sentient, let alone separate!

Heartbeats alone do NOT constitute life! Even hospitals measure BRAIN ACTIVITY as the true measure of whether a person is actually alive. The heartbeat is merely an automatic function-the full sensory capability of the brain doesn't come "on-line" until the THIRD trimester. Therefore, the rights of the ALREADY-BORN woman trump those of the zygote/embryo/fetus that is at that stage little more than a parasite, especially if it's unwanted.

Anti-choice = ANTI-WOMAN.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

colleen p.
colleen p.4 years ago

has anyone tried to monitor brain activity of a fetus? sadly we may only be able to see if it is safe or possible on a dog or cow.

to see whatr a brain does during formation.

I watch educational shows, I could read books on human development too. Apparently humans are not born with being able to reconise self in a mirror. only untill a particular age. other wise they want to "play with the other baby", much like a dog or bird attacks or woos the mirror image.

the same with object perminance, and being able to lie and realise "i know something, but this person dosen't know what I do"

if a fetus is as aware as a butterfly is. then some might say "it dosen't think like a grown human".

it is developing into a mammal. higher brained animals take a long time to make. if we were born less helpless, we'd take 12 months or more to be born.

people like to side with thinking feeling beings. if an elephant has emotions and sence of self, then the fetus is "less than"


so, I guess we should not see how much thinking a fetus does.

Bobbie T.
Bobbie T.4 years ago

Brandal K ... guess you never plan on having sex in your life. Good for you. Enjoy your celibacy. But when it comes to the rest of the females in this country...MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. You have no right to pass judgement against any woman for her choice. YOU DO NOT know what her reasons are. And for all you who think Planned Parenthood is there for free abortions...GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. PP 's abortions are only about 3% of what they do and NO FEDERAL DOLLARS are used for abortions. As for private insurance, they are now allowed to charge for riders for women who think maybe...sometime they MIGHT need...but men on the same policies can get all the Viagra they want without copays. Why is it mens pecker problems are treated as medical emergencies but the end result of all that viagra is the womans' problem. And heres a thought for all the pro lifers...if it cannot live outside the is NOT a viable life.