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Published:February 20th, 2009 11:40 EST
Does Personhood Start At Moment Of Conception?

Does Personhood Start At Moment Of Conception?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"NORTH Dakota has become the first US state to move towards passing a law that defines `personhood` as starting at the moment of conception, which would effectively outlaw abortion, pro-life groups said.

Lawmakers in the North Dakota lower house voted 51 to 41 on Tuesday to pass the Personhood of Children Act, which confers the same basic rights on "all human beings from the beginning of their biological development, including the pre-born, partially born."

"This is the first state legislature that has actually acted in a positive way" on a personhood law, Judie Brown, president of the American Life League (ALL), said.",21598,25076520-5005361,00.html

The claim that personhood starts at the moment of conception isn`t based on science or medicine, but spurious theology. Politicians should base their laws on the Constitution and not on the Bible.

When a minister makes claims that run counter to common sense and betray the laws of physics, we merely shrug. We are accustomed to Christian ministers declaring that Jesus walked on water and that God is three persons in one. But when a politician tries to enact a law that states that personhood starts at the moment of conception, that`s outrageous and we shouldn`t stand for it.

If the Personhood of Children Act becomes law it would basically outlaw abortion in North Dakota. Roe v Wade which gives women the absolute and inviolable right to terminate a pregnancy during the first three months and a qualified right to do so up to six months is sacrosanct, and we should fight all attempts to get around this sacred law.

It would be an outrage if at the dawn of the 21st century, women in North Dakota will be forced to have back alley abortions. People of goodwill and common sense in North Dakota and throughout America should fight to make sure this bill doesn`t become law.