Wednesday, November 2, 2011
New York Times- Op-Ed: Mississippi's Ambiguous 'Personhood' Amendment, by I. Glenn Cohen & Jonathan F. Will:
ON Nov. 8, Mississippi voters will be asked to decide on a proposed amendment to the state constitution, which would define as a person “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.”
Most of the debate on this proposal has fallen on traditional lines. In our charged political climate, that is understandable, but it is also profoundly misleading. Whether one supports abortion rights or not, there are serious issues with this amendment — not because of the principles it seeks to represent, but because, as a legal matter, it is profoundly ambiguous. . . .