Fetal Personhood Amendments and the Legal Ramifications of Criminalizing Abortion: A Prosecuter’s Perspective

This blog post, written by a lawyer who has been prosecuting rape, child abuse, and homicide for over 15 years, provides a unique and seldom-heard perspective on recent arguments surrounding abortion, rape, and “fetal personhood,” amendments which seek to declare that a fetus is a person (such amendments also protect unfertilized eggs –  though not sperm, interestingly enough – granting them full personhood). Such amendments have also been behind some recent states’ decisions to criminalize women who have miscarriages.

Here’s a provocative quote from the post:

“…personhood for a cluster of cells means that abortion could equal aggravated murder. Really, do Republicans want us prosecuting girls and women for the aggravated homicide of their zygotes? Is that the plan here? Do they actually want to impose the death penalty, or will life in prison be sufficient to satisfy their…need to punish women for the crime of being sexually active? Of course, if the woman is guilty, so is the man who facilitates her in procuring an abortion – boys, if you take your girlfriend to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, we’re going to imprison you both for murder. It’s called a ‘conspiracy.'”

Read more: “Fetal Personhood and Criminalizing Abortion: A Prosecutor’s Perspective.”

3 thoughts on “Fetal Personhood Amendments and the Legal Ramifications of Criminalizing Abortion: A Prosecuter’s Perspective

  1. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you,
    However I am encountering troubles with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I can’t subscribe to it.
    Is there anybody having similar RSS issues?
    Anyone who knows the answer can you kindly respond?

    • I’m glad you found the article linked in this post interesting! I’m not sure why you wouldn’t be able to subscribe. The blog has been inactive over the summer since I don’t teach at that time, but it will be up and raring again in about two weeks. I’m not sure if the recent inactivity would affect the RSS.

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