The North Dakota House of Representatives has passed the first personhood amendment in the United States, 57-35. Read more
In New York, the people may only introduce statutes and amendments to the state constitution through the legislature.
The constitution of the State of New York is amended by the addition of a new amendment to read:
The Inalienable Right to Life
Each human being, at any stage of development, is a person with an inalienable right to life.
This Amendment shall not affect methods of birth control or assisted reproduction, unless they are shown to cause the death of a person. This Amendment shall not affect Adult Stem Cell research or other types of research, unless they are shown to cause the death of a person. This Amendment shall not affect spontaneous miscarriages. This Amendment shall not affect medical treatment for life threatening physical conditions intended to preserve life.
This Amendment exercises this State’s sovereign right under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to provide for the general welfare, morals, health, and safety of their inhabitants.
Repeal of this Amendment or provisions thereof, shall revive previous conflicting laws.
The Attorney General or any person may maintain an action in the circuit court having jurisdiction where an alleged violation of this Amendment occurred or is likely to occur for injunctive, declaratory or equitable relief against any person for the protection of another person’s right to life.
(last updated 2012 Mar 20)
You can help with Personhood efforts in your state by doing the following 3 things.
Dear New York 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By stripping personhood from the unborn, their right to life was revoked.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 New York 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 New York 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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