Alabama Personhood Law Could Ban All Abortions

Alabama is joining the flood of states which are passing (or trying to pass) damaging anti-choice legislation.  New bills introduced in the Alabama state legislature would change the definition of “person,” which could potentially make all abortion illegal.  The bill had 18 co-sponsors and was developed with the help of Personhood USA, illustrating its clear pro-life agenda.

The new definition of “person” would be: “Any human being from the moment of fertilization or the functional equivalent thereof.”  If the bill goes forward, Alabama citizens would have the opportunity to vote on this as a constitutional amendment at the end of the year.

“We must protect all Alabama children,” said one of the sponsoring senators in a statement released by Personhood USA. “At the same time we have to send a message that Alabamians value the sanctity of life. Every heartbeat is as important as the next.”

As Anna North points out on Jezebel, fetuses don’t even have heartbeats until several weeks after the “moment of fertilization,” but since, if the bill’s supporters claim, Alabama is a pro-life state, surely small factual errors like that don’t matter.  Interestingly, as Robin Marty writes on RHRealityCheck, this might have the inadvertent effect of redefining corporate personhood.

We’ll keep you posted on the bills as they move forward, and that the fact that this bill has many co-sponsors does not, in fact, suggest that the bill has a good chance of passing.


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William C
William C10 months ago


W. C
W. C10 months ago

Thank you.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton6 years ago

Your country kills everything you see and abortion is illegal?

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Let's deal with education and prevention of pregnancy. Then we deal less with abortion, morality, and human judgment.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

I never sent so many Green Stars as I've done after reading the comments to this article. If I've forgotten someone, I ask your forgiveness. I so enjoy reading all your great ideas and views of the Repukes tries of controlling women's bodies. Keep up the good work and we may have a chance of defeating their evil plans!

Tamara Huggins
Tamara Huggins6 years ago

I support Alabama in attempting to past this law. I believe a life is a life from the start.

Mary Swan
Mary S6 years ago

While there are more than enough ultra-conservatives here in Canada, we haven't had this particular debate, at least not so LOUDLY in a long time, I hope this is one trend that Canada doesn't feel the need to emulate the USA or any of it's States.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

If women are only containers for fetuses, then we should not pay taxes.
Where are these sub sapients coming from??!! More birth control for Alabama.

Lindsey DTSW
.6 years ago

Darn it, Patricia, although I'm an Alabamian, I've had a hysterectomy. So I'm not going to be able to take advantage of those wonderful tax breaks for 100,000 dependents....

Gimme my uterus back!

Stupid Alabama legislators. There's a REASON we call Montgomery's Capitol Building "Goat Hill"....

Sharon H.
Sharon H6 years ago

Emanuel v.
If you feel so much for these women, then....send the money to them!! In fact, ALL of you men who are here demonizing women who have to make some really horrible decisions, put your money where self righteous mouth is! AND...keep helping these ladies AFTER the baby is born. In fact...for 18 years AFTER the baby is born. That includes, food, clothes, tap shoes for the girls, baseball gloves for the boys, braces for both, all of the shots they will need to even get into school. Then, they will most likely want to go to college, so you need to start saving for that. But...if some of them, due to no sex education in schools, get pregnant, or get a girl pregnant, then YOU should step up and help THAT kid in the exact way you helped this one....and on and on and on....How about that??? Makes sense to you??