Eight different state legislatures have so-called personhood bills
Eight different state legislatures throughout the United States of America have bills before them which would change the definition of “person” to “the moment of conception and implantation in the womb.” These so-called personhood bills and ballot initiatives want to make abortion and contraceptive pills illegal. Republican lawmakers in Alabama (‘the term “persons” as used in the Code of Alabama 1975, shall include all humans from the moment of fertilization and implantation into the womb.’ (27:55 - The Rachel Maddow Show, June 8, 2011)), Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Iowa, Georgia and Texas have all introduced similar measures in their State Houses, Texas’ Senate and Mississippi has Initiative Measure No. 26. Mississippi’s ballot initiative No. 26 has been organized by PersonhoodUSA - an anti-abortion group which wants to introduce measures in every state - just recently started a state-wide tour called “Conceived in Rape,” which touts the fact that they want to force rape victims to bear their rapists’ child.
This is the state of abortion in the United States.
This week is the 45th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Griswold v. Connecticut ruling (1965) which legalized birth control in the US. Estelle Griswold worked for Planned Parenthood and helped married couples plan their families and access birth control - which was, obviously, legally dicey at the time. Griswold was arrested in 1961 for breaking Connecticut’s 1879 law on preventing conception, fought all the way to the USSC and won.
Eight. Goddamn. States.