Today’s program addresses personhood rights of fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses. There have been cases where pregnant women have been arrested and/or subjected to medical intervention (without consent) if law officials decide the fetus is endangered. The Personhood Movement supports the view that fetuses have the same constitutional rights as the mother.
Our three guests are Lynn Paltrow, the Executive Director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Jennifer Mason, a leader for Personhood USA, and Dr. Barbara Levy, the Vice President of the American College of OB-GYNs.
If [Personhood USA] succeeds and fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses are recognized as separate persons under the law … You could essentially have every pregnant woman subject to a person who is entitled to her medical records, who is entitled to require her to undergo whatever medical procedure is best for her, have her arrested if she doesn’t obey.
The question all of these cases pose — the question that the Personhood USA really raises – is: As a society, do we believe that there is a point in pregnancy where women lose their civil rights?