Ernst told the Sioux City Journal editorial board on Wednesday that she would support a federal “personhood” measure if she were elected to the U.S. Senate. “I will continue to stand by that. I am a pro-life candidate, and this has been shaped by my religious beliefs through the years,” she said. “So I support that.”
A “personhood” amendment to the U.S. constitution would give not just a late term fetus “personhood” rights, but also would bestow “personhood” upon a moment-after-conception fertilized egg.
Ernst awkwardly attempted to downplay it to the SCJ editorial board saying, “we don’t have consensus” (like don’t worry, it’s not gonna happen!). But if she were to be elected, there is little doubt that she would be voting yes on a “personhood” amendment as soon as Republicans bring it up in congress which you can bet will be immediately. She did already cast a vote for a fetal “personhood” amendment in the Iowa legislature in 2013. In any event, how much sense does it make for a candidate to defend her position on an issue by arguing that it’s never going to happen anyway?
There is a wide range of implications to “personhood” that frequently go unmentioned. A “personhood” amendment would not just make safe, legal abortions unavailable in the U.S. – with no exception for rape and incest – it could also affect the legality of birth control, such as emergency contraception and the IUD. And the implications of this potentially go beyond making some common convenient forms of birth control illegal, to a woman potentially being charged with manslaughter for having a miscarriage. Yes, I agree, that sounds crazy, but has that stopped Republicans, the Kochs, ALEC, yet? The “stand your ground” laws seem crazy too, but a kid carrying Skittles was deemed enough of a threat that a gun-toting man got away with murder. The voter ID laws seem crazy too but they are happening.
Ernst herself has admitted that she owes everything to the Kochs so let’s not pretend she would represent anyone other than herself if, God forbid, she ever made it to Congress. This is a short but very interesting video.