Human rights for all human beings? Not if Planned Parenthood can help it
Washington, DC (02 November 2009) – Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Missouri over approval of a proposed personhood amendment to the state constitution.
The proposed Missouri Personhood Amendment reads:Section 35. Person defined. As used in sections 2, 10, and 14 of Article I of the state constitution, the term "person" shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.
The Planned Parenthood lawsuit contends the wording of the personhood ballot initiative does not warn voters of the legal and constitutional implications if the measure passes.
Initiative sponsor Dr. Gregory Johnson points out it is unnecessary for ballot proposals to outline every legal scenario and that the lawsuit will cost state taxpayers additional funds and government resources.
"Planned Parenthood is again trying to stifle the will of the people by forcing their twisted political and business agenda through court action. They know the people are against them," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. "The only legal implication of any personhood proposal, including Missouri's, is equal justice and human rights for all human beings – if Planned Parenthood wants to oppose that, then their true motivation has been exposed and they should have the courage to say so."