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26 February 2008

What kind of oppression is this?

The Denver Post is reporting that Mike Huckabee is endorsing a proposed ballot initiative in Colorado that would define personhood as a fertilized egg. Huckabee said. "Passing this amendment will mean the people of Colorado will protect the sanctity of life from conception until natural death occurs." (I'm assuming that "natural death" means that should such craziness become law that Colorado would also no longer have the death penalty.) Huckabee's very much in favor of a similar amendment to the United States Constitution, too. I'm sure that's all part of his great desire to bring the Constitution within "God's standards".

The Colorado initiative would require the signatures of about 76,000 registered Colorado voters to get the question on the ballot. The proposal is being sponsored by 20-year-old Kristi Burton and her Colorado for Equal Rights group. Opponents say the amendment would have sweeping consequences, not only for those seeking abortions, but in many other instances, too. In fact, there are a number of questions that might be asked concerning this new class of fetus-Coloradans:
  • Will a pregnant woman be able to drive in the HOV lane because there are now two people in the car? Will the traffic cops have to carry pregnancy test kits to be utilized before writing tickets to those women?
  • Will pregnant women have to pay for two tickets on public transportation? At the movies or concerts?
  • Will pregnant women who are involved in car crashes be charged with child endangerment if the crash is determined to be their fault? (Gee, pregnancy kits in patrol cars could be standard. You might see cops having women pee on little sticks by the side of the road as often as you see them have people blowing a breathalyzer.)
  • Will a pregnant woman be forbidden from entering any adult-only establishment because she is automatically accompanied by a minor person?
  • Will everyone in Colorado automatically become 9 months older? Will the federal government start paying Social Security benefits to Coloradans 9 months earlier?
  • Will registered sex offenders have to stay away from ob/gyn clinics and maternity hospitals because there are groups of fetus-Coloradan children in those places?
  • Will a pregnant woman who disobeys her doctor be liable for child abuse charges? Will doctors be required to report such women to the authorities? Who will get to decide which activities for pregnant women more strenuous than lying in bed for nine months constitute child endangerment?
  • Will all forms of contraception be forbidden in Colorado because it could potentially prevent or injure a fetus-Coloradan? Will male masturbation be prohibited because it might prevent the creation of a new fetus-Coloradan?
  • Will pregnant women be prohibited from having sex because it might expose a child to ... you know ... nasty parts?
  • Who would get to decide whose life is worth more in cases where pregnancy would harm or even kill the mother? What about women who get pregnant as the result of rape? No choice for them?
  • Will pregnant women be allowed to purchase life insurance on their little fetus-Coloradan in case - Heaven forbid - some terrible accident might result in the little person not actually celebrating its "coming out" day?
  • Of course, abortion would be totally illegal in Colorado, but could a pregnant woman who had an abortion outside the state of Colorado be charged with murder when she entered the state? If so, since there is no statute of limitations on murder, could a woman who had had an abortion at any time in her life be so charged? Could someone who had accompanied her be charged as an accessory to the crime?
I would hope that Coloradans are too smart to go along with this totally oppressive initiative because it could, indeed, have some sweeping consequences. And almost all of them would only be for women.

  • On 2/26/2008 3:57 PM, Blogger Howard said…

    I'm usually the kind that will sign most petitions and then leave it up to the people.

    I hope they have some people out asking for signatures in front of the Capitol Hill King Soopers. It will be my duty -- nay, pleasure -- to laugh as loudly as I can in their face and walk away.

     
  • On 2/26/2008 6:57 PM, Blogger Jen of A2eatwrite said…

    Wow... this is interesting because I just came from Los Angelista's blog where she was very (correctly) angry about black women getting smeared by Tina Fey's monologue on last week's SNL. We keep thinking we're moving ahead, but this country just loves sticking it to women - of all kinds.

    Thought provoking questions, Jami.

     
  • On 2/26/2008 10:21 PM, Blogger Sweet POHA said…

    Some people's elected officials... Grrr. Actually, I'm from Denver, and there's no way in hell (or heaven, for that matter) I'd go for this nonsense. If there's one issue that makes me a one-issue voter... well, it's BS like this! Funny, I hadn't heard of this.

     
  • On 2/27/2008 2:40 AM, Blogger Suzy said…

    I'm with Jen, any chance they get to stick it to women and keep us at our second class citizen status, they will. I'm so over it.

    I have decided that I'm no longer going to vote for any man for public office. I've dealt with men my entire career and it's been no picnic.

    If Hillary doesn't get the nod, I'm not voting at all.

     
  • On 2/28/2008 12:56 PM, Blogger Jenn in Holland said…

    Ah! A fabulous list and sooooooo intriguing. Of course, I am betting the Mike Huckabee ilk would read it and say "Huh?" because of course they can't see clearly what they are lining up behind and cheering about.
    People are stupid.

     
  • On 2/29/2008 5:55 PM, Blogger Hammer said…

    People should think before they legislate. Huckabee is delusional.

     
  • On 3/02/2008 5:07 PM, Blogger hotdrwife said…

    Huckabee is such a f*ckstick. And I'm with Howard. Literally. Because I hope to be with him if we do happen across someone asking for signatures. I am fuming with so much vile for that man, and ESPECIALLY on this issue.

     

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