This Fall, in addition to voting between Bob Barr and Cynthia McKinney (or a couple other guys) for U.S. President, we are being asked to decide on the very nature of humanity. The Colorado Supreme Court gave the go ahead on a ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to define a fertilized egg as a person.
The amendment, if approved by voters, would extend constitutional protections from the moment of conception, guaranteeing every fertilized egg the right to life, liberty, equality of justice and due process of law.
Something tells me that this might be 2008's version of the anti-gay marriage initiatives that wound up on ballots in 2004 and probably, more than the Swift Boaters, is the reason George W. Bush is still President. Apparently, more states are going to have similar ballot initiatives in November (a few have been knocked down), but Colorado is just the first.
From the Washington Post:
And the amendment carries broader implications, critics say, such as limiting medical research involving embryos, inviting intrusive government oversight of pregnancies, and banning certain contraception, including the morning-after pill and the intrauterine device, or IUD.
We're not sure whether this will pass or not. We're still not sure what to think about Colorado and we're not sure how much Boulder and Denver can swell up against Colorado Springs and, say, Greeley to vote this thing down. To be sure, we're not even sure what we'll be voting. For such a Raging Liberal (
who hates America, is an elitist, and wants nothing more than Iran to conquer Israel is voting for Barack Obama as some part of a grand Affirmative Action scheme), we're actually pretty much pro-lifers. At least, we think we are. At the same time, we (and I'm using the singular version of "we" right now) don't feel right about criminalizing doctors who perform abortions and their patients (for, say, murder). And we really don't feel right about the possibility of thrusting heaps of court cases involving the rights of the embryo into the court system.
But then again, a large part of us does believe that in fact, life does begin at conception. I mean, doesn't it? And if not then, then when? And while we don't think that's the language that belongs in the state constitution, we do believe it to be true.