Montana’s CI-108

November 6, 2011

As promised, I’m posting about CI-108, the latest personhood amendment attempt from the MT anti-choicers.  I’ll be honest though. It’s actually difficult for me to get fired up about it this time around.  Montana’s citizens have rejected similar attempts before.  None of the previous initiatives have gathered enough signatures.

My concern, however, is that I’m not the only one having a hard time getting fired up, and the signature gatherers will be able to use that to their advantage this time around.  Are they just reintroducing the same initiative over and over to wear us down?  It might not be a bad strategy.

CI-108 would be a particularly dangerous amendment, if it made it to the ballot.  It modifies the Due Process clause of the state constitution to define “person” as anything from a fertilized egg onward.  And you may recall the the Due Process clause reads “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”

Ponder that for a moment, if you will.  Replace the word person with fertilized egg, zygote, embryo or fetus.   No fertilized egg shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.   Can you see where this is going?

It is clearly a method of outlawing abortion or at least making it so difficult to obtain that it is effectively outlawed.  It could even be used to outlaw the use of certain types of birth control, including Plan B, IUDs, or anything that might prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg.

And even though many people think this is a bit ridiculous it could actually bring about a situation where miscarriages had to be investigated to determine if they qualified as negligent homicide or something.  Did the woman drink or smoke, exercise too much or too little?   Did she eat sushi that included raw fish?  What about unpasteurized cheese or anything else known to be harmful to fetal development?

These amendment attempts keep cropping up all over the place.  I believe Mississippi and Colorado are also targets at the moment.

My sincere hope is that the initiative will fail to qualify for the ballot again due to lack of signatures.  I haven’t quite figured out when the deadline for submission is, though.  As always, I encourage everyone to be very aware of what it is you’re being asked to sign.  We’ve had instances of petitioners being very deceitful in the past.

I’ll share more information as I find it.

 

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Hello again!

November 2, 2011

Hi there!

I know that it’s been just over two years (2 years and 1 month exactly!)  since I posted anything at this blog, but I really think that it’s time that I resurrected it.  The boring story (that you’ve heard before) is that I recently got out of the relationship that I had just gotten into not long before I abandoned this blog.  I won’t be hashing out the details of that relationship or that breakup, but suffice it to say that I’ve got a few more deal breakers than I did before, and yes the relationship and the blog-abandonment were related.

Going forward, my plan is to write about politics, movies, television, the exciting world of dating and whatever else I feel like sharing.  In terms of my political posts, I will do my best to stay away from the kinds of accusations that one should have the spine and decency to make under one’s own name.   The point of this blog isn’t so that I can attack political figures and hide behind my anonymity.    However, I do still plan for this to be a “secret” blog so that I can talk about really personal things here without my real life friends being able to be sure that it’s me.

I’ve opened a twitter account as well.  It’s http://twitter.com/#42ndwf.  Feel free to follow it, if you wish.

I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting, but I’ll try to be reasonable about it.  I am not really watching any tv as it airs these days, and posting about old episodes of Supernatural or Warehouse 13 seems a little silly.  Also, the Montana Legislature is not in session at the moment., but we do have some interesting ballot initiatives that I may get fired up about from time to time.

I will still be screening comments, though.  Comments that disagree with my positions are fine so long as they are polite and not obviously trollish.

So, I hope there are still a few people who haven’t cleaned me out of their readers yet, and of course I’m excited about new readers as well.

Keep your eyes peeled for a post about CI-108 in the next few days.