Personhood And Political Ire

by Jon Hormachea


State lawmakers, for better or worse, are concerned about the goings on in the collective wombs of Colorado women.

A so-called “fetal homicide” bill that would make it possible to bring murder charges in cases of involuntary feticide passed the Colorado Senate last week, although with dim prospects and healthy skepticism in the House.

Proponents of Senate Bill 268 say current statute doesn’t provide harsh enough punishments for those who cause the involuntary termination of another’s pregnancy while others worry the bill would provide a back door to prosecute women and medical providers for legal abortions.

The prospective law relies on the concepts of dual victimization and personhood, a politically divisive notion that tends to spark ire whenever it’s mentioned.

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