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Yep, that's where Florida is headed -- a proposed amendment to Flordia's constitution could make birth control pills unconstitutional.

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Birth control pills prevent a fertilized egg from implanting onto the walls of the uterus from where the egg could grow into an infant.  Some of the anti-choice argues that this is, in effect, an abortion.

A group that supports this radical view is supporting a Florida constitutional amendment that appears to ban birth control pills.

Here's the story from the Tampa Tribune

TALLAHASSEE - Anti-abortion conservatives are proposing a new constitutional amendment that critics claim would make it a crime to take birth control pills in Florida.

The "Personhood Amendment" that conservative activists are filing today in Tallahassee would add language to the state constitution that defines someone as a "person," regardless of age or health status, "from the beginning of the biological development of that human being."

Pat McEwen of Palm Bay is one of two leaders of the loose collection of activists, collectively known as Personhood Florida.

"In the original Florida Constitution in 1885, they gave Floridians the right to enjoy and defend life," she said. "This amendment defends the unborn, and it also gives older people like me – a retired college professor – the right to make my own decisions and not have someone override it."

Personhood Florida will have to collect 676,811 petition signatures by Feb. 1 for its proposal to appear before voters as soon as 2010, though organizers can keep trying for a future ballot if they don't make that deadline. Signatures on petitions remain valid for four years.

On the group's side is the American Life League, a socially conservative Virginia-based organization that is supporting similar amendments in about two dozen states. The national group spent $250,000 on a campaign that put a similar question on Colorado's ballot in 2008. Voters rejected that measure roughly 3-1.

Though the wording of that proposal differs from the one pending in Florida, their meanings are similar. The 2008 proposal in Colorado defined human beings at "the moment of fertilization." The Florida amendment refers to "the beginning of the biological development," which McEwen defined in a Thursday interview to mean a fertilized egg.

That, opponents say, would make it a crime not just to kill a fetus by abortion, but also to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's uterus as birth control pills can.

"By their definition, anything that you might do to interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg would be tantamount to murder," said Marc Farinella, a campaign consultant for Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, presumptive Democratic candidate for governor.

As described by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, birth control pills and intrauterine devices work partly by causing the lining of the uterus to thin, "making it less likely that a fertilized egg can attach to it."

The American Life League has no such doubts. On its Web site, the league slams the pill for numerous reasons, including: "The pill will irritate the lining of the uterus so that the newly formed human being cannot attach to his/her mother's womb and dies. This is called a chemical abortion."

The group also operates, a Web site that focuses on blood clots and other health risks that birth control pills pose to women.

Here's one of the scary parts of the article:

On the group's side is the American Life League, a socially conservative Virginia-based organization that is supporting similar amendments in about two dozen states.

Remember when the NRA started trying to pass "Stand Your Ground" laws in every state?  And no one paid any attention?

Supporters of this amendment have until 1 February 2010 to collect 676,811 petition signatures -- don't count them out.

Originally posted to Old Redneck on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 06:45 PM PDT.

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