Why does a personhood amendment scare me so much? I’ve written occasionally on a different forum about my firm believe that God allows us to make our own choices, whether or not those choices fit His plan for us. If God doesn’t limit our choices, why should government. This holds for birth control, abortions, any aspect of family planning that a woman chooses. If she wants to have 10 children, or none. I will argue I believe that you do need to be able to support them financially without government assistance (unless brief support comes after unforeseen events).

As this year’s election is starting to gear up, I’m pregnant and this has changed my perspective to a small extent. Stay with me here. Now I am even more adamantly against a so-called personhood amendment. Sure, politicians may mean well, but depending on the wording of any legislation, I believe it could be even more dangerous for women than we realize. A dear friend has been on my mind lately. Her healthy baby recently arrived, but a while ago, she miscarried her first child. Every time I hear a mention of anything to do with personhood, she pops into mind. Imagine a day when a woman who loses a child has to prove that her miscarriage was natural. Think about that. If our definition of life begins at conception, will burden of proof suddenly be on a grieving mother to show that her baby’s loss wasn’t her fault? It can happen to anyone. Will a grieving father be able to take his partner to court and accuse her of killing their child? Will a comment that would have seemed innocent enough suddenly be cause for any woman to wind up in jail for murder? What would a trial to an already fragile psyche? Will women put off doctors’ appointments until later and miss out on early prenatal care to avoid the possibility of what might be? (This is particularly concerning when it comes to lower income families.) Can voters, or even the politicians foresee how far rules are going to be taken? I don’t know that medicine can precisely determine how many embryos are lost early on.  Just a few words, however carefully written may be taken a completely different way in the future.

I pray I’m wrong. First, such an amendment has failed several times already in my state. Perhaps if such a law existed, it would never be taken the way my mind is going. Why take that chance? I don’t even know if something  like this is even on the ballot this year. However, I will always hold my belief that God wants us to have free choice. Yes, we have to deal with the consequences, but I can’t, and won’t, make your decisions for you. And government shouldn’t try either.

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