Republican candidate Mike Huckabee has endorsed a bill in Colorado that if passed into law will amend the constitution of Colorado to state that personhood begins at fertilization.
Doing so will effectively make abortion a crime as one of the rights of personhood is the right to life.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Monday endorsed a proposed Colorado Human Life Amendment that would define personhood as a fertilized egg.
The former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister also supports a human-life amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Huckabee spoke favorably about the Colorado ballot initiative, sponsored by 20-year-old Kristi Burton and her Colorado for Equal Rights group, during his Friday visit to Colorado Springs.
On Monday, Huckabee lent official support to the measure.
“This proposed constitutional amendment will define a person as a human being from the moment life begins at conception,” Huckabee said in a statement.
“With this amendment, Colorado has an opportunity to send a clear message that every human life has value,” Huckabee said. “Passing this amendment will mean the people of Colorado will protect the sanctity of life from conception until natural death occurs.”
Burton’s initiative, if approved by voters in November, would extend state constitutional protections to every fertilized egg, guaranteeing the right to life, liberty, equality of justice and due process of law.
Some are saying that this bill is a new tactic in the drive to return to the days when abortion was illegal, but I disagree.
It used to be that they argued that women had a duty to carry pregnancies to term. Now they argue that the the state has a duty to see that pregnancies are carried to term. The rights and privileges of women have always been considered to be, at best, secondary in terms of importance.
If anything, this bill and the others like it are just more honest. They don’t even give lip service to the rights of women. In fact, I think an argument can be made that they’re worse than the bills that have come before. Women largely do not exist in these bills. We are implicitly demoted to little more than publicly owned life support systems with no rights or privileges except those our owners grant us.