The measure in question is a Colorado ballot issue (Amendment 48) which would define into law that “life begins at conception” (or the “every sex act is sacred” measure).
In effect, it would outlaw ALL abortions, including the Plan B (the morning after pill). It would also be the slippery slope towards banning other forms of birth control.
Arguably, it would make menstruation illegal, since a lot of times fertilized eggs get flushed out of a woman’s body long before she even realizes she is even pregnant, resulting in spontaneous abortion. This far-fetched idea may not be too far-fetched to the anti-abortion crowd as it would reinforce their idea that all female centered birth control helps in the process of spontaneous abortion in a similar fashion (disallowing fertilized eggs to set in the uterus and flushing them out of the body).
This measure, in effect, would also put the state in charge of a woman’s body. How else could the authorities be sure that sexually active women are not unwittingly (or willfully) aborting their fertilized eggs through birth control measures (like the pill or IUDs), too much caffiene or poor dietary choices.
There had been some talk in the recent past of designating all women of child-bearing age (supposedly at the first sign of menstruation: 11 years old?) as “pre-pregnant”. Designating all sexual acts as “persons” would be a step in this direction.
Udall and Schaffer are right about opposing this anti-abortion measure, for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that more sensible religious organizations oppose it.
It has the effect of enshrining religious belief into law and making women political prisoners of their own bodies and essentially criminalizing sexual activity, particularly if birth control is used.
That’s a slippery slope that I don’t want to travel and I don’t want my daughter (or any other women) to have to fight that downhill battle, either.
Religion has no place in the state Constitution and Fundies have no right to invade my uterus.
(Related link(s): Clinton vows to fight “insulting” abortion plan)