Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Personhood Amendments proceed across the U.S.

Mississippi is the most recent state to join 13 others in pursuing a “Personhood Amendment.”

A press release by Personhood Mississippi states they already have enough votes to put their measure on the 2011 election ballot as an Amendment to the Mississippi Constitution.

What is a Personhood Amendment?
“Personhood” amendments are pro-life measures being proposed at state level legislatures. The goal is to recognize, within the States’ Constitutions, that every unborn child has the same inherent rights, dignity and value as every living human from the beginning of their biological development.

Another aspect being pursued in some states is to assure dignity and human rights to every physically or mentally disabled or elderly person; to prevent the notion of involuntary euthanasia.

The “Personhood Movement” is an official nationwide pro-life movement. The website clarifies that Personhood Amendments can also be called Human Life Amendments.

A list of the 14 states that have already constructed and/or proposed Personhood Amendments, and where they are in the process, can be seen here at Personhood.Net – a subsidiary of the Georgia Right to Life Committee. Georgia was the first state with such a proposal in 2007. It hasn’t resulted in being placed on a voters’ ballot.

Approximately 26 other states are taking action to draft similar wording.

Additionally, there are ongoing attempts to get enough petition signatures to file a Federal Personhood Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

Psalm 139:13: "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.” (KJV)

This report originally appeared at The Underground Online Christian Magazine, where Ms. Young also reported on Florida’s Personhood Amendment movement.

Photo: Fetal sonogram, wikimedia commons. Relese granted for any purpose.


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