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Planned personhood

The pro-life movement’s newest attack on reproductive rights raises its profile in Florida

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“I mean, we’re not mischaracterizing what this language would do,” Kunkel says. “This language and the intent of this language is to create drastic change so that a one-day-old fertilized egg is given the exact same rights under the law as an adult human being.”

Personhood Florida’s Longworth is seemingly unfazed by those kind of specifics. Whether he eventually gets his way and his amendment passes is what matters; the actual implementation of its terms into law will be a job for the politicians, the very ones of which he’s suspicious. This is a crusade for him, one to save the future by means of maintaining God’s goodwill. “Prosperity,” he says, will dissipate if we don’t stop “killing children.” This is a holy wake-up call, one with a television twist.

“The vast majority of Americans are pro-life [actually, a 2010 CBS News poll showed that 75 percent of Americans support legal abortion on some level], and they believe in traditional marriage and they believe in less taxes and less government. And one of the things that you are seeing is those people waking up and realizing that they’re not alone,” he says. “Like Glenn Beck says, ‘You’re not alone.’ And just that phrase and seeing so many people come out and stand for an issue has really emboldened people.”

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