This has been on my mind a lot lately and is frankly terrifying. The "Personhood" movement in Colorado is trying to ban ALL methods of birth control aside from the condom and the oh-so-reliable rhythm method. They say that's not true, however if you look at their reasoning they change the modern meaning of the word to fit their needs. I won't get into how contradictory their talking points are, and how little sense they make, even if you don't want to get into separation of church and state (whoops, they forgot about that part). They contend that every unfertilized ovum should have a chance for life and that preventing fertilization is a form of murder. Really???? Murder???? So I should go to jail if I have a period? Girls should start having sex at 13 or whenever it is they start menstruating? Everyone should be concerned that this group is taken seriously at all, and especially that they are gaining momentum.
At the same time, Utah and Kentucky want to charge women with murder for having a miscarriage. In Utah it stems from a case in which a woman paid someone to beat her in order to cause a miscarriage. Horrible, yes, but for the vast majority of women, a miscarriage is an awful experience. To go through that and to then go through a court case because they didn't take all possible steps to protect the pregnancy? The law (which has actually passed the Utah state legislature and is with the governor) allows for life in prison for intentional, knowing or reckless act that leads to a miscarriage. Wow, how vague is that? Could a woman get life for having a glass of wine? Not wearing a seat belt? Fall down the stairs? What if she had to overexert herself to save her living child?
Regardless of your stance on abortion, both of these movements seem not only ridiculous, unconstitutional, and totally impractical, but also extremely anti-woman.