Monday, November 28, 2011
More Personhood Initiatives on the Horizon
Huffington Post: Personhood 2.0: Georgia Revives Failed Mississippi Measure, by Laura Bassett:
The national movement to define a zygote as a legal person failed a few weeks ago in Mississippi, but anti-abortion advocates behind two new "personhood" amendments pre-filed in Georgia are insisting that they have learned from Mississippi's mistakes. . . .
WDBJ7.com: Abortion debate to resume in Richmond, as Delegate introduces personhood legislation, by Joe Daishiell:
Manassas Republican Bob Marshall pre-filed bill that defines an unborn child as a person
The fight over abortion rights will take center stage again in January when state lawmakers return to Richmond. The first bill filed for the upcoming General Assembly session is a measure that defines a human fetus as a person.
This isn't the first time Virginia lawmakers have seen "personhood" legislation. Manassas Delegate Bob Marshall has introduced the bill before, and last year it passed the House by a wide margin. The legislation has never made it out of committee in the State Senate, but this year the prospect of a Republican majority there could change the equation.
"Thomas Jefferson said all men are created equal, endowed by the creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Marshall said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "Jefferson could have used the term born equal. He didn't.". . .