Earlier this month Mitt Romney stated that he is in favor of a constitutional amendment stating that human life begins at conception. I can only hope that it is a position he doesn't understand or hasn't really thought about. It is a statement that could be made only by three categories of people... 1. the ignorant, 2. the political opportunist who doesn't really believe it but is hoping for votes, and 3. the insanely anti-abortion folk. Here's why.
Conception happens when an egg and a sperm connect. If at that point we have a human being, we have a number of issues to face. Many fertilized eggs naturally do not implant themselves on the uterine wall. If a human life begins at conception, every time that happens, we have had the death of a human being with all of the attending legal ramifications regardless of the cause. Some women experience ectopic pregnancies where the egg implants somewhere other than the uterine wall, most often in the fallopian tubes. This is extremely dangerous for the woman. If the fertilized egg is not removed, she will die. If the fertilized egg is a human being, we're talking about murder here... even though there is no chance that the fertilized egg would remain viable through an entire pregnancy. A number of the most popular birth control methods do not stop the egg from being fertilized but rather from implanting in the uterine wall. This would amount to murder. Many couples find themselves unable to conceive in the normal ways and use in vitro fertilization which typically results in numerous fertilized eggs, some of which are discarded at one time or another. Again, we're talking about murder if human life begins at conception. We haven't mentioned instances of rape or incest where the morning after pill - which prevents a fertilized egg from implanting - would no longer be an option. We also have raised other issues such as the mother's life, the health of the fetus, etc. etc. etc. Regardless of how one feels in general about abortion, this stance is as radical as it can possibly be.
So either Mitt Romney doesn't understand how conception works and how it relates to pregnancy and birth control, he does know all of this and is just trying to get votes, or he actually believes what he said... in each case, the possibility that he could become president is just frightening to me and should be doubly so to any woman of child bearing age.