Target: Governor Brian Schweitzer
Goal: Do not further restrict reproductive rights for women by giving fertilized eggs rights as identified in the Constitution.
An amendment called CI-108 seeks to redefine the term “person” in Montana’s state Constitution. Article II, section 17 of the Constitution currently reads: “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” The text of the proposed amendment reads: “CI-108 amends the due process section of the Montana Constitution to define “person” as used in that section to apply to “all human beings at every stage of development, including the stage of fertilization or conception, regardless of age, health, level of functioning, or condition of dependency.” It grants due process rights at every stage of biological development, including fertilization or conception.
The amendment is not only another attack on a woman’s right to choose, it allows the government to intervene in the private lives of women by granting full access for investigations of any ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. The amendment would most likely force women to face criminal charges should they miscarry. It also does not specify what would happen to a woman should she require an abortion to save her life. In addition to these negative and disturbing tradeoffs, the amendment would restrict health-care providers’ ability to treat women suffering from ectopic pregnancies and infertility.
This is an unacceptable and insulting proposal. The state of Montana should not be more concerned about giving fertilized eggs rights they cannot utilize than protecting the inalienable rights of women. Sign the petition now to stop this personhood amendment and allow women to determine what is best for their own bodies.
Dear Governor Schweitzer,
I write to you in regard to CI-108, the “personhood” amendment that seeks to redefine a person as, “all human beings at every stage of development, including the stage of fertilization or conception.” This amendment is an insulting and horrifying restriction on a woman’s right to decide whether or not she carries an unwanted fetus for nine months.
I am concerned because this amendment will allow the government to regulate and investigate any pregnancy or miscarriage; this is a direct invasion of a woman’s privacy. I am disturbed because according to this amendment, a woman can face criminal charges should she miscarry. In addition, the amendment does not specify the consequences a woman could face should she require an abortion to save her life. As yet another consequence to this proposed amendment, CI-108 also restricts health-care providers’ ability to treat women suffering from ectopic pregnancies and infertility.
Pregnancy is a personal matter, particularly if the cause of pregnancy is rape or incest. Abortion is even more private, and the state of Montana has no right to intervene with a woman’s personal decisions. I implore you to disregard this proposed amendment and support a woman’s right to choose. A woman who has made the heart-breaking decision to go through with abortion will find a way to obtain one whether or not it is legal, but it is your responsibility as a member of Montana’s government to support and respect her wishes despite your religious or personal beliefs.
[Your Name Here]