Libertarianism: Pro-Life Philosophy, Pro-Abortion Movement

When abortion is placed in the broader context of American politics, the battle lines are pretty straightforward: conservatives are generally pro-life, and liberals are mostly pro-choice. But what about libertarians? A philosophy about maximizing personal liberty by minimizing government activity, libertarianism is sometimes seen as a mishmash of economic conservatism and social liberalism.

To mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, leading libertarian magazine Reason has posted a small yet diverse sampling of competing libertarian perspectives on abortion, concluding with a short video in which Reason editors Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie ask, “what’s the libertarian position on abortion?” Read more Libertarianism: Pro-Life Philosophy, Pro-Abortion Movement

Activist Judge Junks Nevada Personhood Measure for Vague Wording

Even for those of us sympathetic to the “personhood” approach to fighting abortion, it’s easy to see that Personhood Nevada didn’t do itself any favors with the wording of their state’s proposed personhood initiative, which a judge threw out on December 21 for being too vague:

To me it is not clear,” Carson City District Judge James Wilson told petitioners late Wednesday, according to news reports. “It is not capable of being rehabilitated through rewriting.”

The petition, from Personhood Nevada, states: “The term ‘person’ includes every human being.”  Read more Activist Judge Junks Nevada Personhood Measure for Vague Wording

The Mississippi Personhood Fight Wasn’t a Total Loss

The failure of the Mississippi personhood amendment is disappointing but not surprising—the public’s general confusion on abortion, mixed messages from MI Governor Haley Barbour, and even division within the pro-life movement about the amendment’s strategic wisdom formed a perfect storm of antipathy among moderate voters and ambivalence among pro-life ones. But despite Mississippi’s 16-point decision not to protect the unborn, the initiative was not a wasted effort.   Read more The Mississippi Personhood Fight Wasn’t a Total Loss

Why “Personhood” Failed In Mississippi

As reported earlier today, Mississippi became the second state to “reject a personhood amendment that would have put the state on record as defining human life beginning at conception.”

This legislation, known as initiative 26, or i26, has revived the decades-old debate between so-called incrementalists, or pro-lifers who favor any laws that move toward ending abortion, and those who want the whole shebang done in one fell swoop. Pro-life attorneys warned supporters of the personhood amendment that even were it to pass, it would have been challenged and probably defeated at the state court level as an unlawful attempt to modify or ban parts of the Bill of Rights.

Read more Why “Personhood” Failed In Mississippi

The Lesson of the Mississippi Setback

I’ve been watching pro-abortion pundits and organizations celebrate the defeat of the Mississippi Personhood Amendment. I think we can glean from the energy they are putting into celebrating this “victory” for them today how much they have been starving for “good news” to talk about.

After all, it’s been a particularly brutal couple years for the pro-abortion side.

I like what Phil Lawler wrote about the news of Amendment 26’s defeat:

Yesterday the people of Mississippi voted not to amend their state constitution to declare that human life begins at conception. Nevertheless the scientific fact remains: Human life begins at conception.

Read more The Lesson of the Mississippi Setback

FoxNews Uses Misleading, Anti-Science Headline Comparing Persons to Eggs

FoxNews typically does a better job than most mainstream media of portraying the abortion issue in a “fair and balanced” way.

But not this time.

FoxNews originally ran a story earlier today about the Mississippi Personhood Amendment with the headline:

“Push to Declare a Human Egg a ‘Person’ Offers New Tack on Abortion Debate”

FoxNews later changed the headline and switched “Human” for “Fertilized” in front of Egg.

Sadly, FoxNews has fallen into a trap the pro-abortion movement tries to use, claiming that pro-lifers believe a human egg is a person and that we want human eggs to receive legal protection. This is completely false, because pro-lifers actually know their biology and are proud to use science when making our case for protecting the dignity and right to life of the unborn.

Read more FoxNews Uses Misleading, Anti-Science Headline Comparing Persons to Eggs

‘October Baby’ Brings Message of Forgiveness, Dignity of Life to Theaters

In October, a new film will be released in theaters in Alabama and Mississippi that may serve to change many hearts and minds on the issue of abortion. October Baby tells the story of Hannah, a college freshman who discovers that she was adopted and is a survivor of a failed abortion attempt. Hannah sets out on a journey to find her birth mother and learns many lessons in the process, including a powerful lesson about forgiveness.

Read more ‘October Baby’ Brings Message of Forgiveness, Dignity of Life to Theaters

Mexican Supreme Court Upholds Personhood Amendments

The Supreme Court of Mexico voted to upheld the legitimacy of state personhood amendments Wednesday, in what some are calling Mexico’s “reverse Roe v. Wade” decision.

The court failed to reach the super-majority needed to overturn Baja California’s personhood amendment prohibiting abortion, thanks to the court’s newest appointee, Justice Jorge Mario Pardo Rebolledo, who sided with three other members of the court in rejecting an Action for Unconstitutionality. A similar decision was reached in the San Luis Potosi case Thursday. The twin decisions ensure that preborn children will continue to be considered legal persons with due protections under the state constitutions.

Read more Mexican Supreme Court Upholds Personhood Amendments

Black History’s Vital Role in Protecting the Unborn

Personhood Mississippi is celebrating a State Supreme Court victory which allows the people of Mississippi to proceed with a planned ballot measure affirming the legal personhood of the unborn child. Personhood legislation such as that proposed by Personhood Mississippi with bi-partisan support seeks to help settle the question that the Roe v. Wade decision did not answer. Is the unborn child really a person? If the unborn child is a person, according to Roe, there is no “right to abortion”.  The Roe Court said:

The appellee and certain amici argue that the fetus is a “person” within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. In support of this, they outline at length and in detail the well-known facts of fetal development. If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment.

Read more Black History’s Vital Role in Protecting the Unborn

Mississippi Pro-Lifers Catch Hidden Planned Parenthood Chaplain

Quick-thinking pro-lifers in Mississippi have helped to expose a deception on the part of Planned Parenthood at a public hearing regarding legislative consideration of a state personhood amendment. According to Personhood USA, Vincent Lachina, a Planned Parenthood chaplain from Seattle, WA, inserted himself into the meeting and claimed to be an ordained Southern Baptist minister who is “both pro-life and pro-choice”.

Read more Mississippi Pro-Lifers Catch Hidden Planned Parenthood Chaplain

AL Personhood Bill Set to Return in 2012 Session

Some exciting news from the Gadsden Times about pro-life legislation in Alabama in “GOP planning to bring back pro-life bills in 2012 session.” 2012 should see the return of a bill declaring unborn children persons under state law, which passed in the Senate 23-7 this session but ran out of time to be voted on in the House:

The Senate bills that have been prefiled or will be prefiled address various aspects of abortion, but one trumps them all and would make them obsolete.

Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, passed a bill in the Senate 23-7 that said a person exists under Alabama law at the moment of fertilization and implanting in the womb.

“That bill is a one-sentence bill,” he said.

The bill would make an abortion subject to the criminal penalties involving a “person” under Alabama law, including murder.

“It would if the bill passes,” Williams said.

“That bill goes to the root of the entire issue when it comes to pro-life by establishing that life begins at the moment of fertilization,” Williams said.

Paging Justice Roberts…