Abortion ban closer in Colorado
This news from the AP scares me so much I can’t even form the proper words. That and because it’s almost 1am and I’m reading this kind of news. Colorado is trying to put a motion on the ballot to ban abortion, but what they’re actually trying to do is define when an egg becomes a person.
DENVER (AP) — A proposed state constitutional amendment defining a fertilized human egg as a person was certified Thursday for the November ballot, moving Colorado a step closer to an election battle over abortion rights.
Ok, that’s fine and dandy. Anti-abortionists have been saying this all along, but it’s this part that scares the bejesus out of me.
Opponents say the proposed amendment could affect birth control because the most widely used form of contraception works by preventing fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterus.
They also say the measure could deter in-vitro fertilization and stem cell research and bar doctors from treating women with some forms of cancer.
“Defining an egg as a person in our constitution and statutes isn’t science-based and makes bad public policy,” said Crystal Clinkenbeard, a spokeswoman for an organization called Protect Families Protect Choices, which opposes the measure.
I don’t want to become a baby machine simply because some lawmakers out there somewhere have claimed that my fertilized egg is a person from the moment it’s become fertilized. I don’t want my contraceptives taken away in order to save a theoretical life that may or may not attach, and may or may not form into something, but if it does I’m screwed. I don’t want someone else deciding for me when it is that I should have a baby or if I should or should not have sex, because basically that’s what it’ll come down to. It’ll come down to the issue of if I should have sex or not because if I can’t use my choice in contraceptives, then my sex life will go down the tubes.
My favorite part in the whole article is this:
Kristi Burton, the prime mover behind the measure, said her group, Colorado for Equal Rights, will target voters who personally oppose abortion but don’t want to impose their views on others.
She doesn’t want to impose her views on others, yet she’s the prime person trying to pass this law?! By allowing this law to pass she is not only imposing her views on others but she is not going to allow women to make a choice for themselves. And what is she afraid of? Does she think we’re incapable of coming to our own conclusions when it comes to our bodies? I can respect her more if she said that she would choose for herself not to have an abortion, and that’s fine, but to help pass a law that will not allow other women to make this decision for themselves is ludicrous and controlling.
I hope the men and women in Colorado can do something about this before it’s too late. I hope they can do something about maintaining their rights over their own bodies and their own decisions, and if there’s any other way I could help, just let me know and I’ll do my best, but word of this needs to spread. People need to know, so I’m trying to do my part.