Human beings are characterized as having a large brain relative to body size, with a particularly well developed neocortex, prefrontal cortex, and temporal lobes that gives them the capability of abstract reasoning, language, introspection, problem solving and culture through social learning. This mental capability, combined with an adaptation to bipedal locomotion, frees the hands for manipulating objects that allows humans to make far greater use of tools than any other living species on Earth. A person is an autonomous being that breathes air, displays human characteristics, and is self-aware with the ability to reconcile themself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. However, there is a Republican contingent in the House of Representatives that denies the universally accepted definition of a human being, and are attempting to grant full rights and privileges of personhood to a “human spermatozoa that penetrates the cell membrane of a human oocyte that creates a single-celled organism (zygote)” in their latest attempt to control women and ban birth control. It is also an express imposition of Christianity on the government and every “person” in America.
For the second time in two years, a deeply unpopular federal personhood bill that gives full 14th Amendment legal rights to a single-celled organism is being co-sponsored in the House of Representatives by failed vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WS). Ryan tempered his extremist anti-birth control position to align himself with Willard Romney during the presidential campaign, but he quickly reverted to his deeply-held views that the Christian PersonhoodUSA group has the right to force their “desire to glorify Jesus Christ in a way that creates a culture of life” through legislation despite the separation clause in the U.S. Constitution. The Sanctity of Human Life Act and similar Christian personhood bills have been rejected by voters in multiple states, including predominately Christian Mississippi last year, because as legal experts pointed out, the measures will criminalize all forms of birth control as well as abortion at all stages.