- Including State-Level Personhood Bills and Constitutional Amendments
- ALA, GA, MD, MISS, MONT, ND, SC, VA
Including: 1) only principled pro-life Personhood Bills [except in the case of Virginia, see below]; and
2) both Bills in the States' Legislatures, and proposed State-Level Constitutional Amendments,
all with NO EXCEPTIONS; i.e., declaring legal "Personhood" at fertilization ( any "exceptions"
fatally undermine the legal concept of legal personhood, as expressed in the very text of the
1973 Roe v. Wade decision - http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=410&invol=113 )
("abortion-ban" bills that do not mention persons, personhood are not included)
Six states are known to have Personhood legislation filed in the State Legislatures for 2009:
- Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina (see bills further below)
- Georgia's, Maryland's, and Montana's filings are each for a Personhood Amendment to their State Constitutions; the other three states (ALA, ND, SC) have Personhood Bills for statutory changes to the State's Code of Laws
- Virginia's bill does not assert legal personhood, but does assert the Virginia Constitutional right to enjoyment of life to be vested at fertilization for each "human being"
- Mississippi is in the midst of an active citizen petition drive to place a Mississippi Personhood Constitutional Amendment on the ballot in 2010
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