The North Dakota House of Representatives has passed the first personhood amendment in the United States, 57-35. Read more
Kansas abortion measure to challenge 'Roe'
More than two dozen House members Friday endorsed a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that sponsors believe would deliver a ban on abortion.
The amendment, if passed by legislators in the 2012 session and approved by voters in November, would guarantee — regardless of age — rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness to the unborn.
A contingent of 25 Republicans and one Democrat sponsoring the measure relied upon this cherished constitutional expression to shape an abortion prohibition by defining the beginning of life as the moment eggs are fertilized. The amendment is an invitation to a constitutional challenge of U.S. Supreme Court precedent set by Roe v. Wade in 1973.
“The Kansas personhood amendment is an opportunity to guarantee the basic human rights of every person, young or old, and end this battle, once and for all,” said Bruce Garren, chairman of the Personhood Kansas Committee.