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11 February 2010

Personhood Infighting

By Diana Hsieh

Wendy Norris reports on major splits in the anti-abortion "personhood" movement that spawned Colorado's atrocious Amendment 48. She writes:

Lost in the chaos of the U.S. House vote on health care reform and the machinations of Rep. Bart Stupak was an unexpected and unreported schism in the hard core anti-choice movement fueling the state "personhood" ballot drives.

A Nov. 15 letter that only surfaced this week reveals the stormy resignation of the founders of American Right to Life Action, a Denver-based political organization created after a high profile catfight with national anti-choice groups and James Dobson of Focus on the Family. In the correspondence addressed to its former ally Colorado Right to Life, the two leaders cryptically refer to an "incident involving a key person in the Personhood movement" among other unspecified reasons for their immediate departure from the group.

The sudden split by President Brian Rohrbough and Vice President Steve Curtis caps off a series of controversial antics at the tax-exempt nonprofit ARTLA. In its brief two year tenure the group sought to end abortion within an unexplained 12 year timeline, "challenge the 'wicked courts' and oppose 'child-killing regulations'" through state ballot measures, like promoting constitutional rights for fertilized eggs.
You can read the rest of the article here. Undoubtedly, I would prefer the personhood movment to be defeated because the American people thoroughly reject the claim that an embryo/fetus is a person with a right to life. In the meantime, however, I welcome such infighting from these dangerous religious zealots.

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