Thursday, October 23, 2008

Colorado's 48

I realize I've been so myopically focused on the anti-LGBT initiatives that I let this one slip right past me:
Amendment 48 would define the term person to include a fertilized egg in our state constitution. This Amendment is the first of its kind being pushed by a narrow minority with an extreme political agenda and would threaten quality health care and patient privacy.
Yes, you read that right: it would give equal, human rights to a fertilized egg. Christina Page at Huffington Post has a good piece on this piece o' crap amendment. From the No on 48 campaign:

Some possible results of Amendment 48:

  • Clogged Courts: 48 would impact laws ranging from when property rights are granted, to inheritance rights, to who can file a lawsuit.
  • Ban All Abortion: 48 would ban abortion—even for victims of rape and incest or when a woman’s life is at risk.
  • Outlaw Emergency Contraception: 48 is so bad it could outlaw emergency contraception, the birth control pill, and other methods of birth control because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.
  • Restrict Health Care: A woman with cancer could be refused life-saving medical treatment because it could put a fertilized egg in danger.
What to do? Vote HELL NO on 48 if you live in Colorado, donate time/money to the No on 48 campaign, sign a pledge to oppose 48 here, visit Birth Control Watch to track and counter anti-choice/anti-birth control issues, and do whatever else you can think of to stop this outrageous amendment from passing.

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