NEWS BRIEF: Personhood USA Likens Itself to Civil Rights Movement

Personhood USA, the group behind the anti-abortion ballot initiative strategy so absurd that it has never come close to passing, wants you to know it’s not giving up. The group, which agitates for fertilized eggs to be declared “people” with full legal rights, is undeterred despite Tuesday’s defeat of such a “personhood” amendment by a margin of nearly 20 points in Mississippi.

Such amendments, if they ever managed to pass, would ban all abortion outright. They would also potentially outlaw many types of birth control and open up miscarriages to criminal investigation.

The organization has just released a dramatic video to get the word out about the personhood movement. In it, they compare their efforts–which, if successful, would turn wombs into crime scenes and create a whole new class of criminals–to the decades-long fight against Jim Crow laws, racial segregation, voter suppression and widespread racial violence targeting African Americans.

The American Independent reports:

Like many groups in the anti-abortion community, personhood often makes allusions to slavery and civil rights. The group’s new video shows footage of Martin Luther King Jr. while declaring personhood to be “the new civil rights movement of the 21st century.”

You can read more at The American Independent and check out the newly released video below.

ABOVE: Screenshot from Personhood USA video of Anti-abortion protesters marching in Washington, D.C.

Comments

  1. These amendments ARE slavery. They treat women’s bodies as property of the state. Even the people who themselves would not undergo an abortion would oppose these amendments when realizing it would ultimately require the criminal investigation of a miscarriage. This is not about ‘protecting life’ which would include proper funding for schools, health care services, jobs, public transit..etc.

    It is about controling women and limiting their options.

  2. Feminist Metalhead says:

    I just told this to my dad who is a very judgmental and discrimatory person. Even he opposed it! According to him it’s the stupidest thing he’s ever heard and it’s bad enough they give rights to the fetus. Anybody with even minimal education would know this is illogical and fucking dumb.

  3. This analogy is as old as the Pro-Life movement — they’re still using it because it’s as powerful as it is wrong.

    I wrote about the history of the personhood issue and slavery/Civil Rights analogy here:

    http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/07/07/aborti

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