The comedy of “fetal personhood”

A new ad lampoons these anti-abortion initiatives by interpreting them literally

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The comedy of "fetal personhood"

Imagine what it would mean for a fetus to be legally considered a “person.” I don’t mean with regards to women’s reproductive rights — I think it’s safe to say that we all understand the chief intent of anti-abortion “personhood” initiatives. I’m talking about the absurdity that would arise from literal interpretations of measures like Colorado’s Amendment 62, which is on the November ballot and demands “the term ‘person’ shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.” Choice USA has done some of the imagining for you with a cute little ad meant to highlight the illogical thinking behind “personhood” initiatives — but there is still plenty of comedic potential here. I’d love to see the “Saturday Night Live” take.

 

Tracy Clark-Flory

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

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