Personhood for corporations (but not the unborn)

Columnist Cal Thomas raises a point to ponder in the light of last week's decision by the Supreme Court which (essentially) extended First Amendment rights to corporations and unions.

He points out that, for purposes of the Constitution, the court rightly decided that these entities are comprised of citizens, so they have the rights of citizens when it comes to free speech.

The ruling came the week of the annual March for Life, which draws
thousands to Washington to mark that same court's 1973 Roe v. Wade
ruling. The march has become not so much a protest as an affirmation of
the value of all human life.

What makes the ruling and the march ironic is that the 1973 court,
in essence, downgraded a human fetus to the level of nonperson, while
the modern court has invested "personhood" in corporations. Does anyone
else see a contradiction or at least a moral inconsistency in these two

Of course, as Thomas mentions, the difference in conclusions has a lot to do with the court making the decision...and in this case "who" was on the court.

But as time goes forward on the abortion issue, we've seen some changes.  Most interesting is the recent Marist poll which shows the "millennial" generation (those who are 18-29) are becoming increasingly pro-life.  The poll shows 58% describing abortion as "morally wrong".  It also showed 60% of seniors of the same opinion.  The odd ducks in this debate are the "baby boomers", only half of which agree with that statement.

This is interesting for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the "millennials" gave Barack Obama his highest percentage of the vote in 2008, (66%).

And demographic changes eventually bring political changes. Just ask the Democrats who saw 61% of the 18-29 year old crowd go for Scott Brown in Massachusetts last week.

The point here is that, eventually, obvious questions like "If corporations and unions have the same rights as people, why not unborn babies?" begins to make people think.  And maybe vote differently.

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