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Personhood is an unsuccessful political approach to abortion that attempts to define legally that every unborn baby is a "person" with God-given, constitutionally protected rights. Personhood thereby seeks to compel typically pro-abortion judges to protect the right to life of the unborn.

Most major pro-life organizations and leaders, and the Catholic Church, oppose this political approach of "personhood" for many good reasons, including its disastrous track record and the naivety of expecting that pro-abortion judges can be compelled to rule in a pro-life manner. After this gimmick of "personhood" lost by a landslide for the third straight time in three years, it was observed that:[1][2]

personhood measures, particularly in toss-up states, help [Democratic candidates]

Endorsement of the misguided "personhood" approach has led to the defeat of several pro-life candidates, including Ken Buck in Colorado (2010) and Ken Cuccinelli (2013).[3]


Personhood USA is a Colorado-based organization having unknown funding, which placed an initiative on the ballot that obtained less than 30% of the vote in 2008. Despite opposition by most pro-life organizations, Personhood USA is attempting to repeat its strategy in other swing states, potentially causing many pro-life candidates to be brought down on Election Day by a poor showing for this referendum.

In Florida, the Catholic Church has prohibited the collection of signatures for this initiative at any of its parishes. It released a statement criticizing the poorly designed initiative and its hurtful strategy.

Jill Stanek, who writes for Worldnet Daily, is one of the few supporters of this movement.[4] American Life League, which is heavily involved in direct mail fundraising, also supports it. Virtually every other pro-life and conservative group opposes it as being counter-productive.

Text of Colorado Personhood Amendment (2010)

The text of the Colorado personhood amendment that is on the ballot for voters November 2010 would, if approved, add this new Section 32 to the Colorado Constitution:

Section 32. Person defined. As used in sections 3, 6, and 25 of Article II of the state constitution, the term "person" shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.

The law failed to be ratified by voters and future attempts should be halted. Millions of dollars were poured into the state of Colorado from pro-abort groups Planned Parenthood, NARAL and others because of Personhood. This directly and negatively affected the solid conservative campaigns held by pro-life 2010 Midterm candidates like Tom Tancredo, Ken Buck, and Ryan Frazier.

See also


  2. Personhood became an issue in Cuccinelli race
  3. "McAuliffe made sure women were aware of Cuccinelli's support of 'personhood' legislation that critics say restricts abortion and some forms of birth control." [1].
  4. 'Personhood' movement explodes in 32 states, WorlNetDaily, October 31st 2009

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