RESOLVE fights to keep fertility medical treatments legal in the U.S.

Opposing Personhood ImageKeeping IVF legal is very important to RESOLVE because it helps so many people resolve their infertility. For almost a decade states around the country (as well as the federal government) have attempted to pass laws declaring that human life, or “personhood,” begins as soon as sperm fertilizes an egg. These so-called personhood bills could make common fertility treatments like IVF illegal.

More than 100 such bills have been proposed, from Oregon to Florida, New Hampshire to Arizona. RESOLVE and its allies have defeated all of them — so far. That means we’ve kept IVF legal for more than 3.5 million people with infertility in the threatened states. But every year, more bills are proposed and the threats to available, legal fertility treatment mount.

Here’s how you can fight against Personhood:

Arkansas

Resolution Number: SJR 9

Resolution Name: “An application to Congress to call a Convention for proposing an amendment under the United State Constitution, Article V, for the purpose of proposing an amendment providing that every human being from the moment of conception is a person and entitled to the right to life.”
Added: February 13, 2017

  • Description of Resolution: This Senate Joint Resolution is so-called “personhood” legislation that “every human being from the moment of conception is a person and entitled to the right to life.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Resolution.
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: SJR was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs on 2/2/17.  It was amended, reintroduced and re-referred to Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs on 2/9/17. A hearing is scheduled for 2/14/17.
  • Link to ResolutionSJR 9;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation and Letter of Opposition.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Indiana

Bill Number: HB 1134  

Bill Name: “Protection of life” Added: January 13, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This is personhood legislation that “Redefines ‘human being’ for purposes of the criminal code to conform to the finding that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Committee on Public Policy on 1/9/17.
  • Link to BillHB 1134;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Iowa

Bill Number: SF 253 and HF 297

Bill Name: “An Act relating to the protection of life beginning at conception” Added: February 15, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation and recognizes that “life is valued and protected from the moment of conception, and each life, from that moment, is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Iowa, and the laws of this state.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Senate bill was introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 02/14/17.  The House bill was introduced and referred to Human Resources Committee on 2/14/17.
  • Link to BillSF 253HF 297
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Kansas

Resolution Number: HCR 5009

Resolution Name: State constitution, human life amendments. Added: February 7, 2017

  • Description of Resolution: This is personhood legislation that “Redefines ‘human being’ for purposes of the criminal code to conform to the finding that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Committee on Federal and State Affairs on 2/3/2017.
  • Link to ResolutionHCR 5009;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

Missouri

Bill Number: HB 112

Bill Name: Changes the laws regarding custody of in vitro human embryos Updated: February 16, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This is a so-called “personhood” bill and establishes that the “in vitro human embryo is recognized as a human being in this state…and has all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill was introduced in the House and read for the second time on 01/05/2017. The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee on 02/16/2017.
  • Link to BillHB 112;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Opposition to a similar bill introduced last year.
  • Action Needed: A similar bill almost passed last year so we must be vigilant in stopping this legislation.  Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates and action alerts.

Resolution Number: HJR 18 

Resolution Name: “Proposes a constitutional amendment regarding the right to life”
Updated: February 16, 2017

  • Description of Resolution: This House Joint Resolution is so-called “personhood” legislation that “recognizes the right to life of every unborn human child at every stage of biological development.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Resolution.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HJR was introduced and read for the first time on 01/05/17. It was read for the second time on 1/9/17 and referred to Children and Families on 1/31/17 with a hearing scheduled for 2/14/17. A committee vote is scheduled for 2/21/17.
  • Link to BillHJR 18;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates and action alerts.

Bill Number: HB 709

Bill Name: “Missouri Right to Life Act” Added: February 20, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill “establishes the “”Missouri Right to Life Act.”, which changes the laws regarding the finding that life begins at conception.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Children and Families Committee on 2/16/2017.
  • Link to BillSB 754;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Montana

Bill Number: MT [R] HB 595

Bill Name: Constitutional amendment to define person Added: March 21, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  A bill for an act entitled “An Act submitting to the qualified electors of Montana an Amendment to Article II, Section 17, of the Montana Constitution defining “Person” to include all members of the species Homo Sapiens at any stage of development; and providing an effective date.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to a committee on 3/15/17. Committee to be held on 3/28/17.
  • Link to BillHB 595;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

North Carolina

Bill Number: H 163

Bill Name: Enact Right to Life at Conception Act Added: March 9, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation that recognizes “the right to life … is vested in each human being… at all stages of life including, but not limited to, the moment of fertilization, cloning, and other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to Health Committee in 1/25/17. This bill is being heard on 3/9 in the Health Committee.
  • Link to BillH 163;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

South Carolina

Bill Number: S 217 and H 3530

Bill Name: “The Personhood Act of South Carolina” Updated: January 20, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill establishes “that the right to life for each born and preborn human being vests at fertilization and that the rights of due process and equal protection, guaranteed by … the constitution of this state, vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 1/10/2017 and to the House Judiciary Committee on 1/19/17.
  • Link to BillS 217H 3530
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

Tennessee

Bill Numbers: SB 1153 and HB 1406

Added: February 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill “repeals statute that deems a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman’s husband, to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bills were introduced on 2/9/17 and passed on first consideration in the Senate on 2/9/17 and in the Assembly on 2/13/17.
  • Link to BillSB 1153 HB 1406
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Texas

Bill Number: HB 948

Added: February 15, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation “recognizing the rights, powers, and privileges of all unborn children at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth; affecting criminal offenses and penalties.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced on 1/11/17.
  • Link to BillHB 948;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Resolution Number: HJR 121

Resolution Name: Life at Conception provision of the Texas Constitution’s Bill of Rights Added: March 15, 2017

  • Description of Resolution:  This resolution proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to life of unborn children and prohibiting abortion to the fullest extent possible.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this resolution
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: The resolution was introduced on 3/10/17.
  • Link to ResolutionHJR 121;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Resolution Number: HJR 123 

Added: March 15 , 2017

  • Description of Resolution:  This resolution proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to life of unborn children and prohibiting abortion to the fullest extent possible.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: The resolution was introduced on 3/10/17.
  • Link to BillHJR 123;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Washington

Bill Number: HB 1649

Bill Name: “Washington state life at conception act” Added: February 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation that recognizes “the right to life … is vested in each human being… at all stages of life including, but not limited to, the moment of fertilization, cloning, and other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to Health Care & Wellness Committee in 1/25/17.
  • Link to BillSB 754;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Federal Bills

Bill Number: HR 586

Bill Name: “Sanctity of Human Life Act” Updated: July 7, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This House bill is so-called “personhood” legislation that declares “each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its equivalent, at which time every human has all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and Congress, each state, the District of Columbia, and each U.S. territory have the authority to protect all human lives.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HR 586 was introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary on 1/17/17 and referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on 2/6/17.
  • Link to BillHR 586;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Click here for a list of co-sponsors.
  • Action Needed: Send a message of opposition to your U.S. Representative right now.

Bill Number: HR 681 and S 231

Bill Name: “Life at Conception Act” Updated: July 7, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation to “implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person…(including) “each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HR 681 was introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on 1/24/17. S 231 was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary on 1/24/17.
  • Link to BillHR 681;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Click here for a list of bill HR 681 co-sponsors and S 231 co-sponsors.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Bill Number: S 1456

Bill Name: “A bill to provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.” 
Updated: July 18, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This Senate bill is so-called “personhood” legislation.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: It was introduced into Congress on June 28, 2017. Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  • Link to BillS 1456;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Send a message of opposition to your U.S. Representative right now.