Someday Soon Unborn Babies Will Have Rights
You won’t find the word “personhood” in your dictionary, at least not right now. It’s a safe bet, though, that it will appear in future lexicons.
The idea of personhood and thus the word have been influenced by various legal, religious and philosophical traditions. It has entered the realm of politics and, as a result, will grow contentiously.
Many just consider it a genderless form and a further definition of the word “manhood.” In the future, we will find it has a much greater effect, especially in how we personally and legally interpret human rights.
Historically, we find personhood in the development of civil rights with its characteristics relating to sex, race and nationality. Sexual orientation is a more recent category incorporated in its all-encompassing definition. We now are witnessing a special focus on the conception of personhood in relationship to the fetus.
From the theological viewpoint of mediate animation, personhood offers the right to life — regardless whether it is the life of the mother or the life of the fetus — takes priority over all other rights. Those who accept that life commences at conception will embrace the idea of personhood while those who do not will rigidly reject it.
Throughout the nation, we find structured movements in what has been termed “constitutional personhood.” Basically, these are well-organized attempts to bring about legislative debate and voter initiatives to define personhood to include an unborn child from the time of conception. These have come to be known as human life amendments to state constitutions where the efforts are strongest. The effort is now moving toward a federal constitutional change that will affect all Americans.
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