Anti-abortion group on ‘personhood’ laws: It’s ‘the only option left’
Despite a crushing 3-to-1 loss of a pioneering, but controversial, state constitutional amendment to confer civil rights on fertilized human eggs, an American Life League spokesperson made a curious slip of the tongue in a weird silver-lining statement about the organization’s future plans to ban abortion.
The league’s communications director, Katie Walker, offered this startling admission to the Christian newswire OneNewsNow.com about ALL’s future political strategies:
The idea of personhood in this movement is really the only thing, the only option left to us, and it’s one of the best options and one of the most beautiful concepts I’ve heard in a long time, she contends. We’re very excited about it.
Is one of the major players in the anti-abortion movement waving the white flag of surrender?
Not so fast. Why do that when, as Walker continues in a bizarre bit of revisionist Colorado political history, backpedaling can get the job done to downplay Amendment 48’s bruising 73-27 loss:
The fact that they got 27 percent of Colorado, which is historically a liberal state, is very hopeful, I think, she notes.
Huh? Historically liberal state? The one that George W. Bush carried in both 2000 and 2004 by sizeable margins? The state in which 53 percent of the voters approved Amendment 2 in 1992, which would have barred civil rights protections for gay and lesbians until it was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court? The state that, until four years ago, held large Republican majorities in the General Assembly and its congressional delegation for decades?
And the state where U.S. News and World Report noted that the Colorado personhood measure went down in flames 65-35 in conservative El Paso County, in the backyard of Focus on the Family and a host of state and national anti-abortion groups and conservative candidates, like Bob Schaffer.
As we reported Nov. 7, the group Personhood USA is undaunted and claims to be picking up the mantle of Colorado for Equal Rights with plans to introduce the “egg as a person” measure to 16 states that opponents say would not only outlaw abortion, in vitro fertilization and stem cell research but also certain forms of contraception.