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Equal Rights/Equal Protection for Mother and Child

Who will be impacted by this amendment?
Are you undermining women’s rights in favor of fetal rights?
Why should the American people support the Human Personhood movement (that compromises women’s rights)?

Medical Care

Will state and local authorities be required to investigate miscarriages?
Should the government get between a woman and her doctor when her life is on the line?
Would recognition of human personhood mean women who face an ectopic pregnancy would need government approval before the life-threatening pregnancy is removed?
What if continuing the pregnancy could have far-reaching effects on the woman’s mental health? What about Griswold v. Connecticut, Roe v. Wade? What about all of the state laws this could impact? Aren’t we opening a pandora’s box of administrative and legal nightmares?

In Vitro Fertilization Experiments and Trials

Does personhood define a fertilized egg as a person?
What impact will this have on the embryo frozen for uses such as in-vitro fertilization?
What are we going to do with in-vitro babies?
What will be the ramifications for couples using in-vitro fertilization to produce their family?

Legal Matters

If an unthinking, unfeeling, blob of cells without self-awareness is granted personhood status, what is to keep us from giving personhood status to apes, monkey, cancers and viruses?
Does this personhood movement seek to outlaw abortion?
The personhood movement leaves no room for exceptions.
What impact will human personhood for all human beings have on the fetuses of illegal immigrants?

Population Control and Societal Concerns

Will this increase unwanted pregnancies?
How will we handle all the extra children this measure will thrust upon us?
The state of adoption agencies is in shambles.
How will we handle the increased demand for child welfare?

Birth Control

How does extending Constitutional protections from the beginning of biological development affect a woman’s legal right to use birth control methods that can inhibit implantation?
How does it affect pharmacies’ ability to sell birth control?

 

Who will be impacted by this amendment?
Each of us will enjoy greater protection under the law from the beginning of our biological development.

Are you undermining women’s rights in favor of fetal rights?
No. Women and preborn children will enjoy equal rights under this amendment.

Why should the American people support the Human Personhood movement (that compromises women’s rights)?
Not all human beings are being protected by our laws at this time, and we need to reconcile our jurisprudence with the fact that not all human beings are considered persons. The human personhood movement simply seeks to recognize every human being as a person.

Will state and local authorities be required to investigate miscarriages?
In 200 years of U.S. history, during which murdering a preborn child was a criminal offense, miscarriages were never investigated or prosecuted. It is unreasonable to suggest that law enforcement would violate this precedent.

Should the government get between a woman and her doctor when her life is on the line?
We would expect the doctor to recognize that he/she has two patients and will treat both with the dignity they deserve.

Would recognition of human personhood mean women who face an ectopic pregnancy would need government approval before the life-threatening pregnancy is removed?
Law, as well as the Hippocratic oath, has always respected that in saving the life of one patient, the unintended death of another patient may occur without subjection to criminal liability.

What if continuing the pregnancy could have far-reaching effects on the woman’s mental health? What about Griswold v. Connecticut, Roe v. Wade? What about all of the state laws this could impact? Aren’t we opening a pandora’s box of administrative and legal nightmares?
First, we need to do what is right. When the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed, it granted personhood to a whole new class of human beings and ended slavery. There were a great many administrative and legal, federal and state issues that had to be worked out. But it was the right thing to do. The Human Personhood Amendment simply recognizes the rights of the preborn. Whatever the challenges it presents, they can all be addressed. It is the right thing to do.

Does personhood define a fertilized egg as a person?
Personhood defines a human being as a person. Human beings have a complete set of unique chromosomes. Personhood brings common sense back to the debate. Personhood will force us to re-examine many issues—equal rights, bioethics, end-of-life issues, cloning—and we need to do it grounded in scientific truth.

What impact will this have on the embryo frozen for uses such as in-vitro fertilization?
In-vitro fertilization treats human life as property. The Personhood Amendment defines frozen embryos as the persons that they are.

What are we going to do with in-vitro babies?
In-vitro babies must be treated as the people they are. Human personhoodprovides an honest, natural law basis from which to address the grave injustice perpetrated against human beings created by in-vitro fertilization.

What will be the ramifications for couples using in-vitro fertilization to produce their family?
In-vitro fertilization involves both “embryo screening” and “selective reduction.” Both of these involve the destruction of numerous human beings based on their desirable or undesirable physical attributes. All human persons would be entitled to protection under the law. No human being should be pitted against his or her brothers and sisters in the “survival of the fittest” manner that marks in-vitro fertilization techniques.

If an unthinking, unfeeling, blob of cells without self-awareness is granted personhood status, what is to keep us from giving personhood status to apes, monkey, cancers and viruses?
We are defining human beings as persons. Humanpersonhood initiatives contain a specific definition of what a person is.

Does this personhood movementseek to outlaw abortion?
The personhood movement establishes the personhood of human beings in the womb. As a consequence, all laws enforcing Constitutional protection will extend to people in the womb and will be made consistent with the United States Constitution.

The personhood movement leaves no room for exceptions.
Correct. Every human person is entitled to the rights and protections of the law.

What impact will human personhood for all human beings have on the fetuses of illegal immigrants?
We will deal with all human beings as persons. American citizenship is not being addressed.

Will this increase unwanted pregnancies?
- Surprise pregnancies are challenging and we have full faith in the capacity of Americans to love their unexpected children and to welcome them into the world.
- Americans protect the weak and the innocent. Those “unexpected” and “unwanted” children are today’s weak and innocent, they will be tomorrow’s treasures.
- There are no unwanted children. Millions of Americans are waiting to adopt.
- This will recognize the rights of all people.

How will we handle all the extra children this measure will thrust upon us?
Not by killing them.

The state of adoption agencies is in shambles.
That may be true. If it is, we need to fix that.

How will we handle the increased demand for child welfare?
There is no proof that recognizing the personhood of preborn children will lead to an increase in demand for child welfare. Many who introduce this argument reveal their racist thoughts. Whatever the need for child welfare, we need to meet the demand—whether that’s through churches, social institutions or government programs. By instituting a society that respects the human person, the society will then work together to cherish these children instead of seeing them as a burden and find solutions for their human problems.

How does extending Constitutional protections from the beginning of biological development affect a woman’s legal right to use birth control methods that can inhibit implantation?
The personhood movement seeks to establish the personhood of the preborn child from the beginning. This brings into question any product that will destroy a human being’s life.

How does it affect pharmacies’ ability to sell birth control?
That depends on the method of birth control. Pharmacies already handle drugs that can be harmful to preborn human beings and they control how those products are dispensed. It is anticipated that any product that, as part of its routine methods of action, harms or kills preborn children will be removed from the market or be very restricted in how it can be dispensed.