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:

Illinois

Bill Number: SB 3863

Added March 2, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Repeals the Reproductive Health Act. Unborn child shall mean any individual of the human species from the implantation of an embryo fertilization until birth, and “person” shall not include the pregnant woman whose unborn child is killed. A right to life, and to the extent consistent with the United States Constitution, Illinois law should be interpreted to recognize that right to lie and protect unborn life.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in Senate and first reading on 2/14/2020.
  • Link to Bills: SB 3863
  • 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.

Missouri

Bill Number: HB 1799

Added: January 20, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Establishes the “Right to Due Process Act”. Bill states that the life of each human being begins at fertilization; and repeals current statutory provisions acknowledging the preemption of state law by the Constitution of the United States and decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/08/2020 Introduced and read for first time in house. 01/09/2020 read for second time in house.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1799
  • 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.

Oklahoma

Bill Number: SB 195

Bill Name: Oklahoma Personhood Act
Updated: January 17, 2020

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

South Carolina

Bill Number: H 3289/S 485

Bill Name: “The Personhood Act of South Carolina”
Updated: January 17, 2020

  • 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”
Updated: January 17, 2020

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

Tennessee

Bill Number: HB 1962

Added February 6, 2020

  • Description of Bill: As introduced, enacts the “Rule of Law Life Act.” – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 63 and Chapter 351 of the Public Acts of 2019. 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: Introduced in the House on 01/29/2020. Referred to the Health Committee on 1/30/2020. Referred to Public Health Subcommittee on 01/31/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1962
  • 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.

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: 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.