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great gray owl

proposed Amendment 48 to the CO state constitution

For anyone who might find themselves reading this and is not already aware of the fact: I am a liberal. Actually it's quite a bit worse than merely being a liberal, so you have been warned.

The state sport in Colorado is amending the state constitution. I'm not sure why people can't just pass laws -- well, I do understand it, really: this way everybody actually gets to vote on things instead of leaving it up to their duly elected representatives, who apparently can't be relied upon to do the right thing. And yet they keep on electing representatives. Oh, well. Anyway, my source of most knowledge and wisdom on things political taught me that constitutions should be left alone most of the time.

What is proposed amendment 48, you ask, hoping beyond hope that I will stop dithering and get to the point?

- it would define the term "person" to "include any human being from the moment of fertilization."

- it would apply this definition of "person" to the sections of the Colorado Constitution that protect the natural and essential rights of persons, allow open access to courts for every person, and ensure that no person has his or her life, liberty, or property taken away without due process of law.

Are they NUTS? What woman in her right mind could seriously consider this? Everybody would have the right to interfere with her life while she was pregnant! Never mind outlawing abortions, the morning-after pill and some other forms of birth control. I am pro-choice, myself. If you don't want to have an abortion, fine. But this is ludicrous. Say you smoke. And you get yourself knocked up, unbeknownst to you for a month or so. All that time, you've been guilty of child abuse, and your foetus can take you to court. I just love the thought of the foetus's lawyer having a meeting with your lawyer. Child Services is going to be so overburdened ....

Anyway, I need some really pithy retorts if anybody asks me about this, other than screaming: are you NUTS?!

And don't ask me about the Republican vice-presidential candidate, because I will go ballistic.

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