May 25, 2009

2009-2010 State-Level Personhood (and other selected) Legislation:

- Including State-Level Personhood Bills and Constitutional Amendments


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 - )
("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

Read and download the entire report here.

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