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:

Mississippi

Resolution Number: HC 34

Resolution Name: Constitution; provide equal protection for the right to life of each born and unborn human person.
Added: January 25, 2019

  • Description of Resolution: A concurrent Resolution proposing an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, to provide equal protection for the right to life of each born and unborn human person.
  • 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 to the Constitution Committee on 1/21/19.
  • Link to ResolutionHC 34
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

Missouri

Resolution Number: HJR 28

Added: January 28, 2019

  • Description of Resolution:  That the term “person” under this constitution includes every human being, including every in utero human child at every stage of biological development from the moment of conception until birth.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes Resolution.
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: Resolution introduced to House on January 23, 2019 and read a second time on January 24, 2019.
  • Link to ResolutionHJR 28;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

Bill Number: HB 671

Bill Name: Right to Due Process Act
Added
: January 28, 2019

  • Description of Bill: The general assembly of this state finds that the life of each human being begins at fertilization and each human being is hereby deemed a person beginning at the time of fertilization; Children in women’s wombs have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being; The natural parents of a child in a woman’s womb have protectable interests in the life, health, and well-being of their child in the womb.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced on 1/24/2019.
  • Link to BillHB 671
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

Montana

Bill Number: HB 302

Updated: February 14, 2019

  • Description of Bill:  This bill is an amendment to the Montana Constitution defining “person” to include all members of mankind at any stage of development.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process:
  • Link to BillHB 302;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of opposition.
  • Action Needed: Send letter to your Representative now – it takes just minutes to voice your oppose this bill.

Oklahoma

Bill Number: SB 195

Bill Name: Oklahoma Personhood Act
Added: January 28, 2019

  • Description of Bill: The Oklahoma Legislature finds that life of each human being begins at conception; unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being; and the natural parents of unborn children have protectable interests in the life, health, and well-being of their unborn child.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Second Reading referred to Health and Human Services Committee on 2/5/2019.
  • Link to BillSB 195
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

South Carolina

Bill Number: H 3289/S 485

Bill Name: “The Personhood Act of South Carolina”
Updated: February 14, 2019

  • 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 House Judiciary Committee on 1/8/19. The Senate bill was introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 2/6/19.
  • Link to BillH 3289; S 485;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Send letters to your State Senator and  Representative now – it takes just minutes to voice your oppose this bill.

Bill Number: H 3920

Bill Name: “The Personhood Act of South Carolina”
Added: February 13, 2019

  • 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 House Judiciary Committee on 2/7/19.
  • Link to BillH 3920;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

West Virginia

Bill Number: HB 2074

Added: January 14, 2019

  • Description of Bill:  To implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person, and pursuant to the duty and authority of the legislative body, including the power under section 8 of Article I of the Constitution of the United States and Article VI of the Constitution of the State of West Virginia to make necessary and proper laws and the power under section five of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, we hereby declare that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of West Virginia is vested in each human being.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Bill introduced to House on January 9, 2019 and sent to the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Link to BillHB 2074;

Bill Number: HJR 4

Resolution Name: Life Begins at Conception Amendment
Added
: January 23, 2019

  • Description of Resolution:  Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia amending Article III thereof, by adding thereto a new section, designated section 23 relating to defining the word “person” or “persons,” as those terms are used in Article III of the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof; and providing a summarized statement of the purpose of such proposed amendment.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes Resolution.
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: Resolution introduced to House on January 9, 2019 and sent to the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Link to ResolutionHJR 4;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

Federal Bill

HR 305

Bill name: Sanctity of Human Life Date Added: January 22, 2019

  • Description of Bill: This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation to “provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HR 305 was introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary on 1/8/19.
  • Link to BillHR 305;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Click here for a list of bill HR 305 co-sponsors.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.