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Welcome to Parents Against Personhood! We are an advocacy organization dedicated to fighting "personhood" ballot initiatives and legislation, and raising voter awareness about how personhood poses dangerous potential consequences to infertility treatment, birth control, and pregnancy care.

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Latest Posts
  • MS Personhood fails to gather signatures
    May 14, 2014

    After the defeat of 2011′s Initiative 26, Personhood Mississippi announced plans to pursue a second initiative attempt. They filed paperwork in March 2013 for an attempt to reach the 2015 ballot, subsequently named Initiative 41. Today is the official deadline for Initiative 41 to submit signatures to the Secretary of State, and it appears all …
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  • CO Senate candidate disavows personhood
    March 25, 2014

    Colorado Senate candidate Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO4) has recanted his past support for personhood, saying that he now understands it would affect contraception and is a “bad idea driven by good intentions”.
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  • On personhood and miscarriage investigation
    December 14, 2013

    Personhood USA openly advocates prosecution of women who obtain abortions, and there’s simply no way to do that without investigating some spontaneous miscarriages as well. Their post on recent Florida legal case involving a forced miscarriage demonstrates exactly how personhood could result in investigations of people who suffer pregnancy loss. These investigations already occur in other countries with personhood laws like El Salvador, and it would happen here too if personhood were to pass.
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  • Personhood USA: Contraception is “chemical abortion”
    August 11, 2013

    A recent press release from Personhood USA acknowledges that they consider ordinary methods of birth control like the pill, the patch, and the implant to be “chemical abortion”. We’re glad to see that they’re finally being honest and admitting that they intend personhood to deny ordinary methods of birth control. We hope they will now stop accusing us of using “scare tactics” when we raise questions about personhood’s impact on contraception.
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  • Alaska Supreme Court rules personhood unconstitutional
    May 4, 2013

    The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that a 2011 personhood initiative attempt was clearly unconstitutional and could not be permitted on the ballot. Personhood will not appear now or in the future on the Alaska ballot.
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  • Infertility and personhood: listen to the scientists
    May 2, 2013

    As a speaker at the PCRS Annual Meeting last week, I also had the opportunity to attend panels and learn more about the latest developments in infertility medicine. The more I learn about the current research, the more obvious it is that personhood conflicts with almost every aspect of infertility treatment.
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  • Iowa Legislature introduces personhood
    April 1, 2013

    Last week, the Iowa Legislature introduced two proposed personhood amendments which would put personhood on the ballot in Iowa. Deadlines indicate that the bills cannot pass in 2013, but they would potentially carry over to 2014 and put personhood on the 2016 ballot.
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  • Pregnancy complications and self-defense
    March 25, 2013

    While it’s sometimes argued that the right to self-defense would allow women to terminate life-threatening pregnancies, this view is philosophically and legally suspect, given that embryos and fetuses are not engaged in criminal activity.
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  • North Dakota fails personhood law but sends question to 2014 ballot
    March 22, 2013

    A proposed personhood bill failed to pass the North Dakota House today, but a second bill now places personhood before the voters in 2014.
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