New Hampshire GOP Adds ‘Personhood’ To Party Platform
“Personhood” has recently found its way to the Republican Platform in New Hampshire. This past weekend the Party announced that the platform now states: “support the unborn child’s fundamental right to life and establish that, in NH law, personhood begins at conception”
If you’re a liberal in America there’s little that will make you cringe like the term “personhood.” Historically, “personhood” has been used to protect and defend the rights of people in this country. From the abolition of slavery to women’s rights, the civil rights movement and immigration, personhood establishes that only a natural person, by law, can be afforded the rights of citizenship, equality and liberty. What a fantastic concept.
Like so many fantastic concepts, “personhood” has been hijacked by conservatives. Their goal, of course, is to deny women the right to make their own health care decisions, from terminating an unwanted pregnancy up to and including access to birth control. They believe an unborn fetus should have the same protections as a living person, making a woman who decides to abort a murderer and a pharmacist who fills a Plan B prescription guilty of conspiracy. These “pre-born” people should be afforded the rights of a person in the United States under the 14th amendment. It’s ludicrous, it violates the 1st amendment by imposing the religious beliefs of one group of people on our governing laws, and it disregards the Roe v Wade decision that saved the lives of countless women by making safe abortion legal.
The party is no stranger to supporting the pro life position, but the addition of “personhood” could pose potential trouble for Republican Senatorial Candidate Scott Brown.
“Personhood,” put Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, who was a pro-choice Senator in Massachusetts, in a potentially precarious position, but his camp released a statement that Brown is not with the party on this one.
In an emailed statement, a Brown aide made clear that the former Massachusetts senator does not agree with the personhood language, which defines life as starting at conception and grants fetuses the same rights as human beings.
“Scott Brown is pro-choice and will protect a woman’s right to choose,” Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Guyton said.
You have to give the man kudos for not going all Mitt Romney and deciding to simply change his mind when the political wind blows. You also have to give kudos, if you’re a liberal, to the New Hampshire Republican Party for shooting themselves in the foot. [su_csky_ad]