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Pro-Science Conservatives and the Mississippi Personhood Amendment

A prolife activist holds clay dolls in the shape of fetuses during a protest in Mexico City September 28, 2011. Mexico's Supreme court upheld a law within the Baja California state constitution that says that life begins at conception, signaling a victory for anti-abortion campaigners. Seven out of eleven ministers deemed the measure unconstitutional but eight votes were needed to overturn it.

At long last — and against the strong headwinds of the anti-science ideologues — the law is finally catching up to biology. Next week, Mississippi voters will determine whether all human beings in the state of Mississippi are also “persons” under the law. Such a vote is a logical — if belated — concession to well-established science. Indeed, scientists are virtually unanimous in declaring that the result of conception is a human child with a distinct DNA different from his or her parents. This unanimity is the essence of “overwhelming consensus.”

Given this biological reality, is it logical, reasonable, or remotely moral to characterize some human beings as “persons” and others not? Are we not long past such outright quackery? I hope and expect that Mississippi voters will decisively reject the deniers in their midst and recognize the reality of personhood. After all, it’s a simple matter of science.

This article is crossposted at National Review Online.

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