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Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry all to participate in Personhood Forum

Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry all to participate in Personhood Forum

Personhood participantsTonight, four of the five remaining GOP presidential candidates — Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry — will be participating in Personhood USA's "Live Presidential Pro-Life Forum" in Greenville, South Carolina.

Mitt Romney has not indicated that he will participate, and Personhood USA is not pleased.  "People need to understand that we extended an invitation to all of the candidates, and we’ve gotten a confirmation from all but Governor Romney,” said Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA in a press release issued on January 17. “We are publicizing the invitation and encouraging him to attend so that he can demonstrate that he will be a President with the strength and conviction to end abortion in the United States. South Carolinians and pro-life voters nationwide deserve to know exactly where he stands on the right to life before we cast our votes."

In a teleconference version of a similar pro-life forum on December 27, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry extolled the moral virtues of why women who were victims of rape and incest must be forced to carry the pregnancies to term.  Gingrich proposed that personhood laws be written in a way so that they could not be repealed and so that no one could challenge them in court. Neither Mitt Romney nor Ron Paul participated in that conference.  Paul and Personhood USA were having a spat over how personhood language should be enforced.

Romney is the only GOP candidate who has not signed Personhood USA's pledge, which not only says that human life begins at conception (i.e., fertilized eggs or zygotes are 'persons' having constitutional rights), but that Americans should be denied doctor-assisted suicide and that embryonic stem cell research should be banned.

So-called personhood amendments raise numerous legal questions because of the way they are written.  Among them are questions about whether common forms of birth control — which prevent fertilized eggs (or people) from implanting in the uterus — will be banned, whether women could be criminally liable for miscarriages, and whether women will be forced to carry to term fetuses that are not viable.  Proponents of personhood amendments all agree that impregnated victims of rape and incest must be forced to carry the fetuses to term because "two wrongs don't make a right" and that the fetus is not "guilty" of a crime.

Personhood amendments were soundly rejected in Colorado two times and rejected last November in Mississippi, the most religious state in the United States.

Personhood USA is a 501(c)(4) ministry that:

… desires to glorify Jesus Christ in a way that creates a culture of life so that all innocent human lives are protected by love and by law.

Personhood USA serves the pro-life community by assisting local groups to initiate citizen, legislative, and political action focusing on the ultimate goal of the pro-life movement: personhood rights for all innocent humans.

We intend to build the support of at least two thirds of the states in an effort to reaffirm personhood within the U.S. Constitution.

The forum will be livestreamed.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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