‘Personhood’ bill introduced in Virginia

Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 6:52 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Personhood USA co-founder Keith Mason (Photo: personhoodusa.com)

Undaunted by the failure of similar initiatives across the country, Virginia legislator Bob Marshall has introduced a bill that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.

As the law reads, unborn children at “every stage of development” would enjoy “all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the commonwealth, subject only to the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the commonwealth.”

Marshall is known for being outspoken when it comes to abortion, but many pro-lifers find fault with personhood initiatives like his. Critics, including the group National Right to Life, say passage of such a bill could backfire, further strengthening Roe v. Wade.

A similar personhood initiative recently failed in Mississippi, despite a significant amount of support from state leaders — some of whom didn’t necessarily endorse it, but voted for it anyway.

In Georgia, two state lawmakers recently announced their intention to file similar measures, which would grant full individual rights to fertilized without the vague language of Mississippi’s Amendment 26. The leader of Florida’s Personhood affiliate told The Florida Independent that his group would begin a two-year push for a personhood bill in 2012, aiming for ballot placement on Florida’s 2014 ballot.



Sanjay Samsara
Comment posted December 2, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

“You’re pregnant?” Here’s its (not) social security card.

Comment posted December 2, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

His sister, actress Paula Marshall, has had several abortions!

Jerry Long
Comment posted December 2, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

Bob Marshall you are an IDIOT…
this is beyond silly when in MS they lost by a zillion…you now want to waste VIRGINIA’s TIME on this nonsense.


Jerry Long

Cyn Rich
Comment posted December 2, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

Lord, lord, lord. Why on earth didn’t this myopic fool’s father use a condom? People like this wacko nutbar make my head hurt. Is he just stupid or does he have it in for women? What kind of pea-brained law is this moron trying to shove down the throats of Virginians?
Sweet Jesus. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington must be spinning in their graves and asking themselves “What the hell has our state come to?”

Lorraine O'Connor
Comment posted December 2, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

Can’t help myself…….What if this non-existent “person” who is really *not* a real person but seriously mentally damaged morons (Rethuglicans) think it is, indeed, a “person”. What if that non-existent “person” has some serious problems and the “person” aborts itself (miscarriage) —- Anyone know what the proper procedure should be from that point? Does the would-be mother of the non-existent “person” have a funeral to honor its personhood?

Isn’t America in enough of a total MESS right now, we are close to losing our precious democracy in the wonderfully perfect country I was born in 80 years ago…….but the Republican nincompoops today are focusing all their limited intelligence on a *War Against Women* and it just never seems to end. What is their problem? Since MEN receive insurance benefits for their picker-upper pill to solve their impotence (Viagra, Ciralis, etc) problem why is the GOP so intent on ripping out every freedom (of choice, of privacy re their lives, bodies, families, workplace) women have fought for so many years?) And for God’s sake, rightwingnuts!!! — Stay out of our doctor’s office !!!!

Any female citizen of our bruised and battered Republic should actually do some research and find out ALL the items on the GOP’s list to put women back into obedient little “housewives” or, as one especially dim-bulb Senator was quoted to say “Women should be married and stay home to take care of the kids” ——Unbelievable !!

Comment posted December 2, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

Ya leave it to religious right wingnuts! Didn’t Georgia just murder a person hood in cold blood – ya he’s name was Troy Davis. How did all the shit heads get into policy making positions. Why don’t they stop trying to justify their jobs, stop pretending they can think and fuck off out of our lives!

Barbara Whitney
Comment posted December 2, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

And just how are you going to justify leaving the children already born, and growing daily, alone without their mother should she die while pregnant or be charged with taking a life if she miscarries? And that would be the basis of my argument to this ridiculous piece of attempted legislation? I’m all for those who CHOOSE to follow this premise, however, I fail the comprehend just why they feel they should choose to take our choices away. If this is about CHOICE, then that must be observed, if it’s about their spiritual beliefs and the need to mandate what the rest of us feel is correct for ourselves, though, I have a little something to say about that. And that’s the second question I would ask. I’m sure all of us know about some “wise woman” and her methods of prevention. Fact is, the third part of my argument would be this. Why isn’t there a 100% effective methodology to prevent pregnancy? The pill is only about 99% effective, and I’ve known several who pregnant, who were on it. And a condom is great for preventing STD’s, but as prevention? About 50%. Go figure, and for men, well, that’s about as good as it gets, ladies. Aside from that, there are probably millions of kids in orphanages, group homes, etc. Why not take care of those kids, first? They’re here, so life can’t be that important because I don’t see that many standing in line, ‘course there is Bachmann, but then, there’s Bachmann. The major decision made by those who seek an abortion is both sorrowful and pragmatic, and yes, there are always those who’re never going to get the point – let alone realize they are off the mark entirely, it happens in every walk of life. And while we’re about it, what about the inhabitants of this earth, that we keep decimating, in our greed, with contaminated waters, unbreathable air, and the poisons leached into the land? And the number of humans – why should there be another population growth – if not for cheap labor? It’ll be only the company that fares well in this idea and ideology. Stop and think, we can’t afford what we have now, do you really want to be a slave? That’s the whole intent. And you can thank Congress, with no term limits, no charges for accepting PAC monies, their own free privatized health care, and retirement packages that include free full time wages for the rest of their lives – doesn’t matter if they’ve been censored. And more perks than anyone actually knows, let alone considers. They pretend to argue with one another, yet as soon as they get the public attention, they go back to business as usual. And that is yet another reason I’m against this. Finally, this relieves every man from responsibility whatsoever and lays it directly on women, period. When the “boys” stop their cruel little games of war, oppression, “if I want it – it’s mine”, and general bad behavior, then maybe I will consider it – maybe. Until then there are already too many who have suffered in this world due to the greed of a select few, like playing a giant game of “Risk” for control over everything and everybody, so I will respectively say “HELL NO”!!!!!

Comment posted December 3, 2011 @ 11:36 am

If personhood ever passes than I think a fetus ought to gestate in places outside a woman’s body.

Thomas Lee Boles
Comment posted December 4, 2011 @ 1:09 am

Of course, once they’re born, the hell with them. Barbara Whitney, there’s another reason besides cheap labor. The Publicans need lots of cannon fodder for all those lovely wars.

Laurie Tillett
Comment posted December 4, 2011 @ 8:31 am

If I’d wanted the government involved in my uterus, I would have fu@cked a Senator!!!

Ted Rasgaitis
Comment posted December 4, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

I’m a 50 something retired soldier. Why do repubs and tea baggers keep trying to step on women and they’re rights?!?! Maybe if his mom knew what she brought into this world, she might have drowned him.

Comment posted December 5, 2011 @ 3:41 am

leticia olalia morales of 15501 pasadena ave #h tustin ca 92780 submitted fake documents and 5000 dollars to a person name sandman at the US embassy in manila. she also submitted fake employment records to obtain a work visa. Her husband carlos b. morales also submitted fake documents (land titles and bank statements) to obtain a tourist visa. Her son carlo iii also used such and helped 2 other people to obtain a US tourist visa.

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