Given the health risks to women and children posed by contraception* and abortion** it is not surprising that there is a growing movement in various states of the U.S. and throughout the world to protect the personhood of human beings, from conception to natural death.
Personhood legislation has been introduced in more than 35 states since the founding of an organization called Personhood USA in November 2008. Personhood USA seeks to uphold and promote the dignity of the human person. It is a Denver-based online community that, according to its website, desires to help create a culture of life, where all human beings are protected by love and by law, through constructive social tension, initiatives, and political action. It is a worldwide grassroots network, across cultures and legal systems, devoted to building awareness of the equal and unalienable rights of human beings.
Colorado initiatives have not been successful, but advocates everywhere continue to promote awareness of the issue of personhood. In the new year 2015, legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Mississippi. An additional personhood resolution was filed in Virginia.
What is a person? A person is a human being at every age or stage.
* Yaz and NuvaRing, for example, are the subjects of a documentary to be released next year. In the July 30, 2015 issue of Science, an article by Carolyn Moynihan discusses this film being produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.
**Upcoming crowd-funded film being produced about Kermit Gosnell, as well as recently released videos on Planned Parenthood practices.