Mississippi is about to vote on a new definition of “personhood” that could bring an end not just to the right to access abortions, but the ability to conceive via some forms of infertility treatments and even outlaw many forms of birth control outright.
Public advocates for the “Personhood Amendment” claim that those who oppose defining a fertilized egg as a human being are using scare tactics to frighten voters, and that the results of the law being passed aren’t really that dramatic. After all, no one really wants to ban birth control, right?
Well, Les Riley might. ABC News’ profile of the Christian, conservative, Tea Party activist tells a great deal about the man behind the statewide push to ratify life beginning at the moment of fertilization between sperm and egg, and to offer that egg not only full constitutional rights, but more rights than the woman carrying it.
After all, Les Riley is the father of 10 children, so he’s obviously well aware of how babies are made. He also is clearly of the opinion that birth control is not a part of “God’s Plan.” “’[L]egal’ child murder is a assault upon the very character and goodness of Christ. He is sovereign. He gives life. He alone opens and closes the womb,” Riley explains in his story of how the initiative got off the ground.
The call that God “opens and closes the womb” is of course the hallmark of the Quiverfull movement, a branch of Evangelical Christianity that opposes birth control because it interferes with God’s plan for how large your family should be. Banning any method that can usurp God’s control — either by preventing pregnancy via devices, chemicals, or even barrier methods, as well as any ability to create life is the cornerstone of the movement.
So called “Personhood” advocates say ending abortion is all they want to do, but that’s not at all the truth. The truth is that they want to end any control over when a person does or does not conceive, forcing all women and families by law to adhere to their Biblical worldview.
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