DENVER, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just days after the opening of this year's legislative session, new personhood legislation has already been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina, and New Hampshire. An additional personhood resolution was filed in Virginia last week.
The federal Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 426) was introduced on the eve of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and would guarantee that "every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood" at every stage of development, without exception.
The introduction of the Personhood Act of South Carolina follows on the heels of a landslide resolution in June, in which 79% of South Carolina GOP primary voters called for a personhood amendment to the state constitution.
South Carolina's Personhood Act (S.129) would establish "that the right to life for each born and preborn human being vests at fertilization, and that the rights of due process and equal protection...vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human person."
New Hampshire's personhood legislation also follows on the heels of a major movement development. In September, the New Hampshire GOP amended their party platform to endorse personhood for unborn children.
"South Carolina and New Hampshire are key presidential primary states in the run-up to 2016," said Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA. "If any Republican candidate expects to win these states, they must acknowledge that the grassroots base is fully supportive of personhood for all."
The high-profile activity and tireless energy of the personhood movement was recently highlighted by the New York Times, which wrote, "The front lines of the anti-abortion movement belong to the Personhood people, who strive to give constitutional rights and protections to the 'pre-born' from the moment of conception."
"The personhood movement is injecting new energy into the pro-life grassroots," Mason continued. "I expect to see a flurry of new personhood legislation and resolutions across the country, making personhood a wedge issue as we move into the presidential election."
Personhood legislation has been introduced in over 35 states since the founding of Personhood USA in November 2008.
SOURCE Personhood USA