July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Since Roe, states have reacted in a variety of ways, with most states seeking to limit the availability of abortion. These restrictions have taken various forms, including placing limits based on the gestational age of the fetus, adding informed consent requirements, and placing stricter ...[read more]
March 23, 2013
by Max Slater
The North Dakota House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday that bans abortion by defining life as beginning at conception. The legislation, known as the personhood measure, passed by a vote of 57-35. The North Dakota Senate approved the measure in February. To become law, the ...[read more]
October 30, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari on a case dealing with a proposed ballot initiative to amend the Oklahoma constitution by defining a fertilized egg as a person. The Supreme Court of Oklahoma had unanimously ruled that granting "personhood" rights to human embryos was ...[read more]
August 11, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The Supreme Court of Montana on Friday ruled that its state's November ballots may include Initiative 166, a nonbinding policy statement that would direct the state's congress to support an amendment to the US Constitution asserting that corporations are not people and money does not qualify as ...[read more]
July 30, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
An anti-abortion group appealed to the US Supreme Court on Monday in an attempt to reinstate an Oklahoma ballot initiative to establish legal rights for embryos. Personhood USA had originally tried to gather enough petition signatures to put the "personhood" issue on Oklahoma's November election ...[read more]
May 1, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The Supreme Court of Oklahoma on Monday ruled that granting "personhood" rights to human embryos is unconstitutional, thus derailing a proposed ballot initiative to amend the state's constitution by defining a fertilized egg as a person. Finding the initiative "void on its face," Oklahoma's ...[read more]
March 30, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Six Oklahoma voters, along with women's healthcare providers and religious groups, filed a lawsuit Thursday against an Oklahoma ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to redefine "personhood." The amendment would confer "personhood" rights to embryos at the "beginning of ...[read more]
February 16, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday voted to pass a bill that defines life as beginning at the moment of conception. The bill passed 34-8 and will advance to the State House for consideration. If passed, the bill would effectively ban abortions in the state. Oklahoma Senator Brian Bingman (R), a co- ...[read more]
February 15, 2012
by Katherine Getty
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday that defines life as beginning at conception. The bill passed 66-32 moving the state toward banning abortion. The bill, introduced by Rep. Bob Marshall (R), says: "Life of each human being begins at conception" and that "Unborn children have ...[read more]
November 17, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
JURIST Guest Columnist Ed Goldman of the University of Michigan says that fetal personhood laws, which would declare a fetus to be a person from the time of conception, would have a wide range of consequences for women's medical care, stem cell research, and the availability of contraception...In ...[read more]

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