Cloning Shouldn’t Be in Personhood Amendment

You ever “step in it?”

My wife thinks that’s my favorite thing to do, kind of like my daughter and granddaughter’s propensity to step in every puddle they see.

Well, I’m about to “step in it” more than usual.

I believe that marriage is a holy event between a man and a woman. Likewise, I believe that life begins at conception, a wonderful blessing arising out of matrimony. Using the slogans we like to use these days that makes me pro-marriage and pro-life.

So, I have been uncomfortable with the national movement to legalize same sex marriage. My faith says we should keep marriage a holy union between a man and a woman. If ever given the chance, that’s how I will vote.

Now comes the national movement to adopt “personhood’ amendments. The Mississippi version of this movement will be on the ballot in November. The ballot initiative says “the term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”

This differs from the original version put on the ballot in Colorado in 2008. That version put a period after “fertilization.” So, it read, “the terms ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include any human being from the moment of fertilization.”

I like the Colorado version. I am uncomfortable with the Mississippi version because it wants me to say cloning is okay. It’s not. Cloning people is unholy.

I know, I know, the smart lawyers behind this approach to nullify Roe v. Wade say cloning is illegal in Mississippi so this won’t legalize cloning. Well, my experience tells me smart lawyers often forget about another law called the law of unintended consequences.

But my intellectual concerns are not the point. My faith is and that tells me cloning is unholy.

I know, I know, the goal of the personhood amendment is to stop abortion and other unholy acts. Well, that’s why I thought the original Colorado wording was appropriate.

In Mississippi’s case, I’m being asked to vote for an unholy doctrine on cloning to thwart other unholy acts. The plain path I try to walk (with great difficulty) doesn’t take me that way. I see it as devilish reasoning.

Perhaps this is why there is discord among pro-life groups. Phyllis Schlafly and the National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life, and The Eagle Forum, do not support the amendments. Mike Huckabee and pro-life groups such as the American Family Association, Liberty Counsel and the Family Research Council do. Perhaps this is, in part, why Colorado voters rejected amendments in 2008 and 2010.

Since I am given the chance, I will vote “no” and pray the Legislature gets to redo it without the cloning language.

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