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Virginia Pushes Personhood

Virginia Pushes Personhood

Virginia is the latest state to join the fight to criminalize miscarriage by pushing a “personhood” bill that states human life begins at conception.

The bill passed out of committee and will be sent to the House floor for a vote today. Similar legislation passed in the House last year but failed to make it out of committee in the Senate.

Not surprisingly the bill is sponsored my a male Republican. Rep. Bob Marshall’s (R-Prince William) bill would establish a framework for parents to sue someone who caused the death of their unborn child and a wider hope of criminalizing abortion.

Anti-abortion activists are pursuing personhood measures in at least a dozen states despite having voters widely reject referendums on such measures in both 2008 and 2010.

Supporters insist the bill is needed to provide families an avenue of legal redress for the wrongful death of a fetus and will not do such things as ban contraception or criminalize miscarriage. Predictably, they have offered nothing in support of those promises but the worth of their word.

Combine the push for personhood rights with efforts to prevent women from accessing unbiased medical information concerning their pregnancies and the purpose behind all these anti-choice measures starts to become very clear. Republicans will not rest until they have succeeded in rolling women’s gains back to pre-suffrage status.

 

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7:54AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

thank you

7:53AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

thank you

4:36PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

I am pro-life. Yes, every child should be wanted. If you don't want a child get your tubes tied. A child shouldn't have to suffer and die because you had recreational sex. Children are blessings from God.

4:35PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

I am pro-life. Yes, every child should be wanted. If you don't want a child get your tubes tied. A child shouldn't have to suffer and die because you had recreational sex. Children are blessings from God.

9:51AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

I encourage all the women and the abortion rights advocates to write letters and call thier state senators and state represenitives and tell them not to vote for any new laws that prevent womens' access to birth control and tell them to repeal all the new and existing laws that restrict womens' rights to birth control. If the fail to comply, vote them out of office this year. Make sure all those incumbants who voted for these bills don't get re- elected in this years election.

6:08AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Nope! They think life begins at erection!

2:29AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Virginia is a another Neanderthal state.

9:40PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

WOW, this article doesn’t tell the half of it if what I saw on the news is right. Ladies if you need an abortion in Virginia get ready to get raped mechanically. That’s right, according to the news this is not just any kind of ultrasound this is a vaginal penetration ultrasound. I guess the Republicans are going to F_ _K us one way or the other. They are going to degrade us any way they can. All I can say is that any woman that votes for these A-holes should be ashamed because they are traitors to their sex.

There is NO bottom to the Cess Pool these people crawl out of and try to drag us down to.

5:34PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

The whole 'personhood' scam is unConstitutional and un-American. Stupid theocratic extremists are almost as bad as teh libtards!

5:29PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Until women learn to stand up for themselves; this is going to continue. In the United States, we have more women voters; we need to vote for ourselves and get rid of anyone who tries to move us back into the time we had no rights. Stand up, women or lose your rights. I am old; I can't have children anymore; my daughters are almost past child-bearing age, and besides that, they have the money to go somewhere to take care of their needs. I no longer have a dog in the fight, but I and my daughters and hundreds of thousands like me will support young child-bearing women. It's time for young women to get out the vote and let men and the religious right know they can't determine whether or not they use birth control or carry a baby for nine months.

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