Personhood Colorado’s new stance on birth control

December 11th, 2011 | Posted by Atlee Breland in Birth Control

The proposed 2012 Colorado personhood initiative represents a departure from previous personhood efforts’ language.

Personhood amendments such as Mississippi’s Initiative 26 have traditionally been made up of a sentence or two stating that the term ‘person’ includes every human being from the moment of fertilization. However, the new Colorado language explicitly addresses birth control, IVF, and miscarriages, supposedly in response to concerns raised during the Mississippi campaign.

A casual reading of the language might lead you to believe that the amendment protects birth control, since it states that “only birth control which kills a person shall be affected”. What does this mean? Well, let’s ask the authors.

Kristi Burton Brown of Personhood Colorado sponsored the 2008 amendment. Together with Gualberto Garcia Jones, she wrote the 2012 language.

In April 2011, Mrs. Brown wrote a post for her personal blog entitled “Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions? In a Word, Yes”.

The Birth Control Pill really DOES cause abortions, or it would never need to be outlawed by a law in favor of unborn children’s personhood… The IUD acts in a similar way to the Pill and also causes abortions.

Brown’s post references the work of Dr. Walt Larimore, a pro-life OB who has published articles in medical journals concluding that “the available evidence supports the hypothesis that when ovulation and fertilization occur in women taking OCs, postfertilization effects are operative on occasion.”

It couldn’t be clearer that Kristi Burton Brown wrote the proposed Colorado amendment with the intention to ban the usage of hormonal birth control.

We’ll be addressing other aspects of the new Colorado language in future posts.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 Both comments and pings are currently closed.