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:

Alaska

Bill Number: HB 206

Added May 18, 2021

  • Description of Bill: Personhood; An Act Known as Life of Conception Act or the Preborn Child Equality Act of 2021.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill has been introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 5/10/21.
  • Link to Bill: HB 206
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Colorado

Bill Number: HB 21-1017

Updated March 30, 2021

  • Description of Bill: Personhood; Protect Human Life at Conception Act.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in the House on 2/16/21 and referred to Health & Insurance Committee. Committee hearing held on 3/24/21 and was voted to postpone indefinitely vote on bill.
  • Link to Bill: HB 21-1017
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Indiana

Bill Number: HB 1539

Added 1/19/2021

  • Description of Bill: Finds that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm. Asserts a compelling state interest in protecting human physical life from the moment that human physical life begins. Provides that court decisions to enjoin the law are void. Specifies the duty of Indiana officials to enforce the law. Specifies that federal officials attempting to enforce contrary court orders against Indiana officials enforcing the law shall be subject to arrest by Indiana law enforcement. 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. Makes other conforming changes.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill has been introduced and referred to Committee on Judiciary on 1/14/2021.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1539
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Iowa

Bill Number: HF 267

Updated February 16, 2021

  • Description of Bill: Personhood; An Act relating to the protection of life beginning at conception, and including effective date provisions.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill has been introduced and referred to Human Resources Committee on 1/28/21.
  • Link to Bill: HB 267
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Maryland

Bill Number: HB 997

Added March 17, 2021

  • Description of Bill: Personhood; declaring the intent of the General Assembly regarding the provision of equal protection for all unborn human beings within the State.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in the House on 2/19/21 and referred to House Health and Government Operations Committee. Committee hearing scheduled for 3/19/21 at 1:30PM.
  • Link to Bill: HB 997
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Missouri

Bill Number: SB 391

Updated March 16, 2021

  • Description of Bill: Personhood; This act adds a definition of “person” to the criminal code to include a human being from the moment of conception.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Bill was introduced in Senate on 1/14/21. Had a second reading and referred to Senate Health and Pensions Committee on 2/11/21. Hearing was held on 3/10/21 and no recommendation or vote occurred.
  • Link to Bill: SB 391
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.
  • RESOLVE’s Letter of Opposition

Bill Number: SB 443

Added March 3, 2021

  • Description of Bill: Personhood; “Right to Due Process Act”, the life of each human being begins at fertilization and each human
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Bill was introduced in Senate on 1/28/21. Had second reading and was referred to the Senate Health and Pensions Committee on 2/25/21.
  • Link to BillSB 443
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Montana

Bill Number: HB 337

Updated April 5, 2021

  • Description of Bill: Personhood; Due process of the law, the word “person” applies to all members of mankind at any stage of development, beginning at the stage of fertilization or conception.
  • 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 House and referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/09/21. Hearing held on 2/15/21 and bill favorably moved forward. Bill transmitted to the Senate and first reading on 3/19/21. Senate referred bill to Senate Judiciary Committee on 3/22/21. Senate Judiciary Hearing held on 3/31/21.
  • Link to Bill: HB 337
  • RESOLVE Letter of Opposition
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

North Carolina

Bill Number: HB 158

Added March 3, 2021

  • Description of Bill: Personhood; Human Life begins at the moment of fertilization and shall be held inviolate as an individual person and protected by 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 in the House and referred to the Judiciary Committee on 2/25/21.
  • Link to Bill: HB 158
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

South Carolina

Bill Number: HB 3568 & SB 381

Updated February 1, 2021

  • Description of Bill: A bill to enact the Personhood Act of South Carolina; to amend Chapter 1, Title 1 of the 1976 Code, relating to the administration of the government, by adding article 5 to establish 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 these bills.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced and referred to the Committee on Judiciary on 1/12/21 in the House and Senate.
  • Link to Bills: HB 3568SB 381;
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

South Dakota

Bill Number: HB 1248

Added February 15, 2021

  • Description of Bill: An Act to provide for certain reporting regarding human embryos.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill was introduced and referred to House Health Human Services Committee on 2/04/21. A hearing is scheduled for 2/16/21.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1248
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.
  • RESOLVE’s Letter of Opposition

Tennessee

Bill Number: HB 1962 & SB 204

Updated April 5, 2021

  • Description of Bill: As introduced, enacts the “Rule of Law Life Act.” – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 63 and Title 68. The right to life is enjoyed by all natural persons, which includes unborn human beings, the aged and infirm; and the fourteenth amendment did not abrogate the powers of the people and an unborn child; and (5) “Unborn child” means an individual living member of the species, homo sapiens, throughout the entire embryonic and fetal stages of the unborn child from fertilization to full gestation and childbirth.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HB 1962 introduced in the House and referred to Health Subcommittee on 3/01/21. Place on Health Subcommittee Calendar for 4/06/21. SB 204 introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 2/20/21. SB 204 placed on Senate Judiciary Calendar for 4/06/21.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1962; SB204
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Texas

Bill Number: HB 1623

Updated March 17, 2021

  • Description of Bill: An act relating to personhood rights for born and preborn human beings.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill was introduced on 2/5/21. Read for first time and referred to Public Health Committee on 3/9/21.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1623
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

West Virginia

Bill Number: HB 2074

Updated: January 17, 2020

  • 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: HB 2169

Added February 15, 2021

  • Description of Bill: Personhood, Life at Conception Act of 2021.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill was introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/10/21.
  • Link to Bill: HB 2169
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Network to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Bill Number: HJR 4

Resolution Name: Life Begins at Conception Amendment
Updated
: January 17, 2020

  • 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.
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Wisconsin

Bill Number: SJR 86

Added February 6, 2020

  • Resolution Title: To renumber and amend section 1 of article I; and to create section 1 (2) of article I of the constitution; Relating to: the term persons (first consideration).
    Description of Bill: As applied to the right to life, the term “persons” shall apply to every human being at any stage of development, born or unborn. SECTION 2 .The constitutional amendment allows the legislature to define the scope of protections afforded to unborn persons and specifies that any prohibition of conduct with regard to unborn persons must be prescribed by the legislature by law. The constitutional amendment also specifies that, as applied to the right to life, the term “persons” applies to every human being at any stage of development.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: Introduced in the Senate on 01/29/2020. Referred to the Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection.
  • Link to Resolution: SJR 86
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.
  • 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.