A November 2 Newsweek article more or less fairly portrays the personhood movement, aside from its title, that is…
… and even the title shows the growing power of our youngest human beings, newly created 2-celled zygotes, certain to send shivers down the pro-abort spine.
Speaking of, no pro-aborts were interviewed for this piece. Interesting….
Biggest complaint: Newsweek links the personhood movement to contraception in a related photo gallery article, “The evolution of birth control,” which would have been great except the piece never explains the connection. Which is that hormonal contraceptives and the IUD may abort 5-9 day old humans. With no clarification, I can only conclude Newsweek intended to subliminally scare its audience.
That complaint aside, the personhood article is an interesting read. It gives the history of the personhood movement, explains its rationale, and describes its opposition within the pro-life movement. But I’m not sure about the theory advanced for its growing popularity:
What caused the recent swell in personhood activism? A generational shift within the movement, experts say. “This is a transition moment,” says Ziad Munson, a sociologist at Lehigh University who studies the pro-life movement.
“The people leading the mainstream groups started in the 1970s as young activists and are essentially reaching retirement age. As a new generation of leaders comes into the movement, that introduces the possibility of new ideas.”
In studying the movement, Munson has seen a general shift in power from large groups with powerful connections in Washington, such as the National Right to Life Committee, to grassroots activists, generally younger and less inhibited about pursuing less tested methods. Or, in the case of personhood, a method tested 2 decades ago but largely new to a fresh generation of leaders….
The fact is many personhood movement leaders are not new activists, like Judie Brown.
Am interested in your theories on the rise of the personhood movement.
[HT: Facebook friend Gualberto G J]