The Virginia House of Representatives has passed a "personhood" bill, which, if passed by the state Senate and signed by the governor, would define life beginning at conception.
Mississippi voters rejected a "personhood" ballot initiative last fall. Supporters felt it was a bad law that the courts would strike down.
Abortion is a reflection of our moral condition. If that is addressed, laws can follow, but while I believe life begins at conception, that's not where the country is right now. My preferred route is the one taken by a growing number of states: the sonogram.
A Texas law has been upheld that requires pregnant women seeking an abortion to first see a picture of their baby. Sonograms have proven effective in empowering women to make a fully informed choice. Such laws put pressure on the pro-choice crowd. They have to defend not wanting to tell women the truth. That many women who have had abortions regret them and say if they only had more information they would have made a different choice is also a powerful argument.
Yes, life begins at conception, but showing a picture may have a better result.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: February 16, 2012