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State Personhood Efforts

The original goal of the pro-life movement during the 20th Century was the enactment of a Paramount Human Life Amendment (HLA) to the U.S. Constitution. Former President of National Right to Life, Dr. Jack Wilke, in his 1979 book Handbook on Abortion,established that the secondary goal of the movement should be to enact a Paramount Human Life Amendment at a state level.

The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that states may find more expansive rights for the benefit of their citizens than are found under our U.S. Constitution. Constitutional Personhood attorney, Mr. Robert Muise says,"Additionally, the proposed constitutional amendment (Georgia) explicitly affirms, as a matter of state law, that “personhood” attaches at the moment of fertilization. It is a well-established principle of law that States possess the right to adopt their own constitutions with rights more expansive than those conferred by the federal constitution.


See Prunyard Shopping Ctr. V Robins, 447 U.S. 74, 81 (1980) ( “affirming “the authority of the State to exercise its police power [and] its sovereign right to adopt in its own Constitution individual liberties more expansive that those conferred by the Federal Constitution”). And the right to life is the most basic and fundamental right, since death forecloses “the right to have rights.” See Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238, 290 (1972) (Brennan, J., concurring)."

 

NATIONAL GROUPS

National Personhood Alliance

Personhood Education

Personhood USA

 

A list of state efforts to promote Personhood: