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:

Arizona

Bill Numbers: SB 1393

Bill Name: dissolution; human embryos; disposition
Added: February 6, 2018

  • Description of Bill: This bill is a “personhood” bill that legislates embryo disposition and responsibility for resulting child.
  • 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 the Health and Human Resources Committee and Rules Committee.
  • Link to BillSB 1393;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of opposition.

Colorado

Bill Number: HB 1225

Bill Name: Protect Human Life At Conception
Added: February 22, 2018

  • Description of Bill: Concerning the protection of human life beginning at conception.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced In House – Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee – 02/05/2018
  • Link to BillHB 1225;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

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.

Bill Number: HF 2227

Bill Name: “A bill for an act relating to the recognition of life at conception, and providing for contingent implementation.”
Added: February 6, 2018

  • Description of Bill: “The sovereign state of Iowa recognizes that life is valued and protected, and each life, from the moment of conception, is accorded the same rights and protections, including the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, 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: Introduced, referred to Human Resources. H.J. 201 on 2/2/18.
  • Link to BillHF 2227
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

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.

Minnesota

Bill Numbers: HF 2792

Bill Name: Abortions of unborn children prohibited, and criminal penalties established.
Added: February 14, 2018

  • Description of Bill: The bill primarily bans abortion but it includes personhood language that defines “Unborn child” as “an individual living member of the species Homo sapiens from fertilization until birth.”.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced and referred to Health and Human Services Reform Committee.on 02/9/18.
  • Link to Bill: HF 2792
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

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 754 / HB 895

Bill Name: “Sanctity of Human Life Act”
Updated: January 12, 2018

  • Description of Bill: This is personhood legislation that “declares that human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood attach.”
  • 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 passed on first consideration on 02/08/2017 and then passed on second consideration and referred to the Judiciary Committee on 2/13/17. The House bill was introduced on 02/08/2017 and passed on first consideration on 02/09/2017.
  • Link to BillSB 754HB 895
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

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.

West Virginia

Bill Numbers: HB 4318 / S 405

Bill Name: Creating Life at Conception Act of 2018
Added: January 29, 2018

  • 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 Senate bill was introduced and referred to Senate Health and Human Resources Committee on 1/26/18. The House of Representative bill was introduced and referred to the House Judiciary Committee on 1/26/18.
  • Link to BillHB 4315S 405;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

Federal Bills

Bill Number: HR 586/ S 1456

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. S 1456 was introduced into Congress on June 28, 2017. Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  • Link to BillsHR 586S 1456;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Click here for a list of HR 568 co-sponsors.
  • Action Needed: Send a message of opposition to your U.S. Representative right now.

Bill Number: HR 681 / 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.

HR 3676

  • 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: This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 5, 2017.
  • Link to BillHR 3676;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood LegislationLearn more about this bill.
  • Click here for a list of co-sponsors.