Last year, we covered an attempt by some Colorado citizens to amend their state constitution to confer due process rights on fetuses, and found it hopelessly flawed. Thankfully, the Colorado electorate agreed, and the amendment failed, but stands to be re-approved for the 2010 ballot. Accordingly, it’s time to examine it again.
Like many “pro-life” regulations, “personhood amendments” pose an insurmountable challenge to conservative activists: how to reconcile an overriding desire to interfere in the lives of others with their traditional free-market instincts, so “poignantly” on display at town halls across the nation. Unfortunately, the casualties of this internal conflict are often women, their children, and their families.