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Personhood Amendment Could Outlaw Birth Control Pills

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The Florida Personhood Amendment we wrote about last week would not only outlaw abortion in the state, but also potentially ban birth control pills and other forms of contraception.


The American Life League, one of the main groups behind the push (when it's not busy printing tacky "Bury Obamacare with Kennedy" signs) says on its website: "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."

One of the main activists supporting the amendment seems a bit uniformed about her own issue.

[One of Personhood Florida's two leaders Pat] McEwen said the primary purpose of a birth control pill is to prevent fertilization. Preventing the egg from implanting, she said, is "secondary" -- and she's not convinced it even happens, arguing that not all research supports that finding. 

Given that, she said, she's not convinced her proposed amendment would criminalize the pill. But she would support banning it, she said, if she were truly convinced it prevents implantation.


Not that the proposed amendment has much chance of passing, if it even gets on a ballot. Colorodo voters defeated a similar amendment last year three to one, while even conservative politicians such as Marco Rubio won't fully embrace it.

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