Personhood Bills Planned Across United States

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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

WASHINGTON,D.C., USA (Worthy News) -- As part of a nation-wide trend, states – stretching from Montana to Maryland -- are introducing personhood bills to affirm the right to life for the unborn, starting from the moment of conception, Worthy News monitored Friday, February 27.

For some states, the bill defines a "person" as applying to all stages of human life, regardless of biological development or dependency.

This month North Dakota passed a personhood bill, known as 'HR 1572', by 51-41, declaring a person "a human being at all stages of human development of life, including the state of fertilization or conception."

The sponsor of the bill, Republican Representative Dan Ruby, said it would give "constitutional rights" to an unborn baby which he said would  challenge Roe vs. Wade, a Supreme Court court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who was the author of the Roe vs. Wade ruling agreed. Blackmun once said that if the legal definition of personhood includes the unborn, the case for abortion rights collapses as the "right to life would be guaranteed to everyone under the Constitution."

Ruby said that while some people expressed "anger and disappointment" with his bill, most were supportive, "mainly because it is basic science of when life begins and when a human being can be determined genetically and with DNA from its mother."

Similar initiatives are underway in Alabama, Maryland, Montana, and South Carolina, advocacy group Personhood USA said.  The bills have apparently inspired Mississippi – seen as one of the nation's most pro-life states – to  start their own personhood petition drive following a similar move in Oregon.

Last year, Colorado became the first state to vote on a proposed personhood amendment, which defined a fertilized egg as a person. However, it was defeated in the November election.

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5 thoughts on “Personhood Bills Planned Across United States

  1. Praying!

    "He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor." Psalms 72:4

    Hallelujah!

  2. Just incase there is any question-folks might want to take a look in Leviticus 17:11. The Lord makes it VERY (crystal) clear when "life" begins in this verse: Lev 17:11-For the life blood of a creature is in the blood. Although this text is referring to the sacrifice of animals, a creature also includes a human (check http://www.dictionary.com). You will get no argument from me that a human is a human no matter what stage of development it is in - but to make the point where pro "choice" folks are concerned (especially those claiming to be christian and pro-choice) God's word is not disputable and they know it. After doing some checking-I discovered that the veins, heart, lungs, etc begins development in the 3rd-4th weeks of gestation. If a "creatures" (whether human or otherwise) life is in the blood - then there should be NO abortions what-so-ever from weeks 3 onward. PERIOD!!!

  3. After reading that there will be federal funding going to stem cell research, it's encouraging to know there are other like-minded Christ followers out there that would believe and consider life to be in God's hands from the beginning.

    How science theology is disorting our countries policies is shocking to understand. Thank God without ceasing for His hand of guidence and for forgiveness for the failures of this world.

    I pray for steadfastness for all who believe. God's will be done.

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