Ohio "Personhood" Amendment Hits a Snag
I know a lot of people here have been bust gathering signatures for the Freedom to Marry Ohio Amendment, going for the ballot next year, and the Voters First Ohio redistricting amendment, hoping to have the signatures by July 4 for this year's ballot, but planning to continue to push for next year if it doesn't. (With constitutional amendments, you have an unlimited amount of time to get the signatures you need. I think Single Payer Action Network has been collecting for over a decade — the problem there being that people die, people move, people forget whether they've signing)
There are a couple of right-wing amendments out there gathering signatures too, and people on our side frequently wonder how they are doing. One is Right to Work (for Less), the latest attack on unions. The word is that state Republicans have been cool about that one since their SB 5 debacle.
The other one is the "Personhood" Amendment that declares a fertilized egg to be a person with all the rights of any living person (except an adult woman, that is). This not only outlaws all abortions for any reason, it presents a whole welter of complicated problems since hundreds of not thousands of legal applications are based on "personhood" beginning at birth Your birthday is just one example — it's used to decide countless things like when you start school, when you can get a drivers' license, when you can vote. You don't have a "fertilization" day.
There is word on how that is doing:
An anti-abortion group in Ohio is facing a significant shortfall in the number of signatures needed to ask voters in the presidential battleground this fall whether the state constitution should declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized, throwing up another obstacle for the "personhood" movement.
With less than two weeks before a crucial July deadline, the group's director says it has close to 20,000, or 5 percent, of the roughly 385,000 signatures required for the proposed personhood constitutional amendment to appear on November ballots.
Five percent!!!!!!!! Now THAT is epic FAIL. I'm guessing that even if Voters First Ohio falls short, it'll have a couple of hundred thousand signatures. I guarantee it won't have a mere 20,000.
Even thrice-married self-admitted porn addict Phil Burress of Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community "Values" is pessimistic:
"Unless a miracle occurs, they are probably going to be looking at 2013," Burress said.
Personhood Ohio director Patrick Johnston says they will keep working "until we get the signatures and see that everyone's child is protected by love and by law."
Alas, there is no way to guarantee any child is "protected by love," especially when they are unwanted and the mother is unable to care for them. And Johnston's right-wing cohorts in the legislature have worked overtime to make sure that actual born children are NOT protected by law when it comes to thing like health care, education, and adequate food. Johnston is one more authoritarian woman-hater who doesn't feel like a real man unless he can control women. And I'm getting tired of them. Wait for my next post!