The North Dakota House of Representatives has passed the first personhood amendment in the United States, 57-35. Read more
With respect to the fundamental and inalienable rights of all persons guaranteed in this Constitution, the word “person” applies to all human beings, irrespective of age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency, including unborn children at every stage of their biological development regardless of the method of creation.
Personhood Florida, led by Pastor Bryan Longworth, Dr. Pat McEwen, Jay Rogers, and Mrs. Brenda MacMenamin, collected signatures to put the following Constitutional Amendment on the ballot:
The words “person” and “natural person” apply to all human beings, irrespective of age, race, health, function, condition of physical and/or mental dependency and/or disability, or method of reproduction, from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.
The effort ended when the legislature shortened the petition circulating period.
Representative Van Zant introduced HB415, the “Florida for Life Act”. Though not a Personhood bill, it would ban abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger. Here’s the meat of the bill:
(a) Induced abortion for any purpose is unlawful. Any person who induces, performs, attempts to perform, or assists another in the performance of an induced abortion on another person commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(4) TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY.—A termination of pregnancy may not be performed unless: (a) Two physicians certify in writing to the fact that, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, the termination of pregnancy is necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant woman;
HB415 died in the Health Services Quality Subcommittee.
(last updated 2012 Mar 26)
You can help with Personhood efforts in your state by doing the following 3 things.
Dear Florida Lawmaker: Every year that goes by, over one million children in the womb are brutally murdered through abortion. The key to unraveling this tragedy is a simple one and it has been known since before Roe v. Wade. It is Personhood. During oral argument of Roe, Chief Justice Warren Burger explained to pro-abortion attorney Sarah Weddington that by declaring "by statute that a fetus is a person for all constitutional purposes” a state could outlaw abortion. By stripping personhood from the unborn, their right to life was revoked. By returning personhood to the weak and the powerless, we can restore their dignity and right to life as human beings. It really is that simple. African slaves were denied their personhood and were therefore treated as property, bought, sold, and bred as animals. Jews were not considered full persons, so their property could be confiscated and their people eliminated. When Spanish conquistadors colonized America, many wealthy landowners fought to convince the Spanish crown that non-Christian “indians” were not legal persons and could therefore be enslaved. Personhood is the key to all human rights. That is why at the heart of the Roe v. Wade opinion is the following heartless pronouncement, written by Justice Blackmun, “the word ‘person’ ... does not include the unborn.” Not once, since 1973, has the Supreme Court been challenged to reconsider Blackmun’s terrible words. With federal and judicial tyranny at its apex, we the undersigned request that our Florida legislators stand up for life in a bold and principled way. We, the undersigned urge you to support a personhood measure that recognizes that the preborn child is a person with the unalienable right to life. We, the undersigned expect you to stand up for the values of the people of Florida by no longer cowering to a federal and judicial tyranny that mandates the destruction of our morals, our families, and our posterity. We, the undersigned will hold you accountable for your action or inaction in bringing about and supporting a personhood measure, and we will vote accordingly.
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