Define “Person”?

Posted on October 21, 2010 by


Just the other day, I was walking to class and I saw some big billboard type posters that from far away looked like just bloody distorted images.  As I got closer I realized that they were not distorted bloody images, but that they were images of aborted fetuses; a lady saw me looking at them and decided to tell me about it.  She asked me one question that is really hard for people to discuss without getting into a big argument, she asked, “Are you against abortion?”  I looked at her and said, “No.”  I realized that maybe I should’ve just walked away because she was really upset with my answer, but this whole issue about abortion is always brought up in every election and here in Colorado they are trying to pass an amendment that would define a “person” from the moment the sperm has penetrated the egg. 


Amendment 62 says that in sections 3, 6 and 25 of Article II of the state constitution, “the term “person” shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.”  Like I said before this is fancy words for the moment the sperm penetrates the egg it is officially a person, which would mean that some forms of birth control would be illegal.  For example the “morning after” pill and plan B would be illegal and so would abortion.


Abortion is indeed one of the issues in which people get offended and have their positions and it’s hard for them to change them.  However, it is always good to see the other side.  As the lady asked him if I was pro abortion I looked at her and told her that I am not pro abortion but rather I believe that women should be in charge of her own body.  She argued that it is a person who is in a women’s body and deserves a chance to live. I am brutally honest and told her that I don’t consider a person a person until after 3 months of the pregnancy. 


I believe that the choice of whether a woman wants to end her pregnancy that should be her choice and the government should not intervene. This amendment in a way violates women rights.  And in a month we will see how Colorado votes and what they believe.  Either way it is important that people vote and have their voice heard.