State lawmakers in Oklahoma yesterday took up a piece of legislation that would grant “personhood” status to human embryos. The measure, which was passed by the state Senate, advanced through the House Public Health Committee, despite warnings that it could endanger the lives of women.
The leader of Personhood Florida, the group that wants the Sunshine State to outlaw abortion by defining life as beginning at the moment of conception, recently penned an op-ed targeting Planned Parenthood — claiming the group “fears the thought of what will happen if women learn the truth about the development of the baby inside of them and the results of abortion.” A Planned Parenthood rep disputes those claims, arguing that personhood proponents are the ones endangering women.
Senate candidate George LeMieux is set to fundraise at the Sarasota home of Jesse Biter on Wednesday. Biter, a well-connected Florida businessman, recently served as chairman of the Rick Santorum for President campaign. He has has also worked on campaigns for Mike Huckabee, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota and Gov. Rick Scott.
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has furthered his commitment to the pro-life cause, signing a draft version of the Oklahoma Personhood Amendment petition. The ‘fetal personhood’ movement has swept the country in recent months and aims to outlaw abortion by defining life from the moment of conception.
Despite the sound defeat of its ballot initiative last November, Mississippi ‘Fetal Personhood’ proponents are now reviving their efforts to outlaw abortions.
The head of anti-abortion group Personhood Florida says that his group is continuing its push for an amendment on the state’s 2014 ballot, despite receiving little help from state legislators or pro-life groups.
Two bills — a “fetal personhood” measure that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception and one that would force women seeking an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound — have many Virginia voters up in arms, worried that their health is being “attacked.”
A bill written to outlaw abortion by granting legal rights to fertilized eggs passed the Virginia House yesterday, a move that is sure to lend confidence to “fetal personhood” groups across the country — including Florida’s
Personhood USA — the group behind attempts to define life as beginning at the moment of conception — will co-host its third forum with GOP presidential candidates at a church in Winter Park, Fla., on Saturday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is not expected to attend.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be dropping out of the Presidential race today, according to Politico. Perry is expected to make the announcement in a press conference sometime before tonight’s debate, and will likely support Newt Gingrich’s candidacy.