Who Has 10 Kids And Wants To Outlaw Birth Control? This Guy!

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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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

I write this AFTER Mississippi defeated this amendment. The guy is a loon, and I'll be damned if he will tell me how many children I will raise. Evidently the people of Miss. feel the same.

Marie Therese Hanulak

Les Riley, That brain-dead throw-back from the dark ages needs to zip up his fly as well as his mouth.
SOME christians (like this one) are an embarassement to the human race.
Someone should explain to this idiot that overpopulation is a NOW problem.
He probably thinks that god will solve it with obnother flood!
Well, we allow him to think whatever he wants, but when he starts thinking for us, I have a BIG problem!

Susan Lomega
Susan Lomega6 years ago

To continue - we have got to get back to the fundamental separation of church and state - why does the conservative (christian) right want to control the political agenda and eventual governance of the US?

Susan Lomega
Susan Lomega6 years ago

I think Marjorie L.'s comments are excellent - who's to say if "your God" is "my God"... excellent point and argument

Marjorie L.
Marjorie L6 years ago

We give human rights to corporations, create legal justifications for torture, redefine "national defense" while we bomb other sovereign nations, and sit idly watching as the separation between church and state is melting faster than the polar ice caps...I am terrified by what my country is becoming.

"Personhood now"? How about we start with learning how to protect, honor and respect the humans who have made it out of the birth canal? How about we maintain a healthy separation between religious ideology and civil governance? Your “God’s Plan,” and my "God's Plan" are not the same thing. I don't want your God "opening and closing my womb". (You can let him finger your womb all you want....) This country was founded on the concept of the separation of church and state. It is a worthy concept which I sincerely hope will be upheld.

Shar W.
Shar W6 years ago

This a$$wipe obviously has never read:


Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

Indeed, Mr. Riley isn't even a person yet. He needs to be locked up. He's a danger to society.

Emma S.
Emma S6 years ago

There seems to be some debate about whether or not a zygote is a person. But I think we all know exactly where we stand in the case of Mr Riley.

Mark Stevenson
Mark S6 years ago

What constitution? Our leaders have been ignoring it, especially after 9/11.
We need to demand that our leaders stick to and obey the constitution (without changing the most important bill of rights) and if they don't, they should be charged with treason and imprisoned.

lizzie vierra
lizzie vierra6 years ago

If you can't see how similar fundamentalist christianity and fundamentalis islam is then you aren't seeing what is happening here. Religious zealots are trying to control women through their own personal interpretation of their own belief system. Religion is a set of beliefs not facts and the separation of church and state is guaranteed by the constitution. These people ALL need to be ousted from office for not upholding the constitution. They are dangerous to ALL freedoms ~ they are violating everyone's civil rights.