In this year of extremist anti-choice Republican candidates, conservatives in Colorado have found a measure that might go too far, even for them. The proposed Amendment 62 would add this language to the constitution: "Person defined. As used in sections 3, 6, and 25 of Article II of the state constitution, the term "person" shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being. It's enough that GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck, who would force women to bear their rapist's babies and those of their relatives, too, has backed away from supporting it.
The Fetal Personhood Amendment, as it's known, would categorize fertilized human eggs as people. It gives the zygote the same
rights as those of us who are out in the world and moving around. "To my fellow @Maddow watchers- if a zygote has the same rights as us, can they marry each other?" @ims tweets. "Wait. Not everyone can do that. Never mind." And from Geoff Hinton on Facebook: "If I'm considered a human being at the begining of biological development, does that mean my birthday changes to November, not August?"
And that's not all. According to Leslie Hanks, one of Amendment 62's authors, it would make certain forms of the pill and other contraceptive devices illegal. "Many of the oral contraceptives have an action that makes the womb inhospitable to a developing embryo and, hence, the new living, growing baby is prevented from residing where his or her creator intended until birth."
"I don't care that these folks call themselves conservatives," Rachel Maddow said on the show last night. "If this is limited government, I'm the queen of England. This is really, really, really, really, really, really big government."
Just for kicks, check out Delaware's Democratic Senate candidate on abortion. Chris Coons lists reproductive rights among his signature issue. The site says: "Chris believes that decisions about a woman's health, including issues surrounding pregnancy, should be left to her and her doctor. . . .Chris supports public funding of all reproductive health services for women who depend on the federal government for their health care."
We're curious about candidates in your part of the country -- are any of them taking a strong stand like that for abortion rights? Let us know in the comments, please.