November 7, 2014
"Personhood: Coming to a City Near You," Robin Marty, Slate's "XX Factor": "'Personhood' -- the granting of legal rights and protection from the moment a sperm penetrates an egg -- has once more failed to pass any popular, statewide votes," with voters rejecting such measures "in Colorado, where backers tried to disguise Amendment 67 as a fetal homicide law," and "in North Dakota, where supporters attempted to portray that state's [Measure 1] as just a constitutional change to strengthen anti-abortion state restrictions already in place," Marty writes. Nonetheless, personhood "advocates remain undaunted" and are now focusing on county- and city-level measures, she adds. According to Marty, "moving to a city-by-city strategy" allows personhood supporters to "target just the places where actual abortions are being performed" (Marty, "XX Factor," Slate, 11/5).
"Tennessee's Extreme Anti-Choice Amendment Puts Abortion Further out of Reach in the South," Katie McDonough, Salon: While "[v]oters in North Dakota and Colorado overwhelmingly rejected personhood measures that would have stripped women of their constitutional rights by giving legal protections to fertilized eggs," Tennessee voters approved a measure (Amendment 1) that "will potentially have equally devastating consequences for women," McDonough writes. The measure removes from the state constitution "language affirming a woman's right to privacy in making decisions about her pregnancy and giving lawmakers even more power to restrict abortion," McDonough explains. She notes the "consequences could be devastating for Tennesseans, but also for others from neighboring states" with abortion restrictions that require women "to cross state lines to access basic care" (McDonough, Salon, 11/5).