What is personhood anyway?

Personhood Alabama is a Christian, pro-life advocacy group that seeks legal protection for all human beings from the very beginning of life at conception all the way up to natural death. Our goal is to pass laws which protect those classes of people which many in America think should be killed if they become a drain on society. These classes include unborn children, the severely handicapped and the very old.

Currently, our primary focus is on protecting unborn children which are being killed at a rate of ten thousand per year in Alabama alone and over one million per year throughout the United States.

In the fight to protect these children, we have an unexpected ally. Most pro-life organizations are trying to do whatever they can to protect children without violating Roe v. Wade. What we did at Personhood Alabama was: we actually read the Roe v. Wade decision and discovered a way to neutralize that decision.

When the Justices were questioning the pro-abortion attorney, Sarah Weddington, they asked her whether her case would be impossible if the state passed a law declaring that the unborn child is a person. Ms. Weddington replied “I would have a very difficult case.” And then, in the Roe v. Wade decision itself, Justice Blackmun wrote, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.” Blackmun then proceeded to explain that Texas did not recognize the unborn child as a legal person and that, therefore, abortion could not be prohibited by the state.

This discovery gave us a simple line of attack against abortion. All we have to do to end abortion in our state is pass a law declaring that all unborn children have the legal protection of persons under the law. This would immediately bring these children under the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment which declares that no state shall “deprive any person of life … without due process of law.” If we can pass a law declaring that every unborn child is a person, then abortion will be illegal in our state.

Thus, in order to end abortion in Alabama, we need to accomplish two goals. First, we need to educate the people of Alabama about this solution to the problem of abortion. And second, we need to convince our state legislators to actually pass a personhood bill.

At Personhood Alabama we are working toward both of these goals at the same time, and we’ve seen some excellent progress. On the educational front, we’ve been able to set up booths for distributing information about personhood at some of our state’s largest festivals. We’ve been able to speak about personhood at churches around our state, and we’ve been represented at several tea party events. In regards to the state legislators, we’ve had the opportunity to speak at length with several of them, and we have received a promise from one of our legislators that he will introduce a personhood bill in the 2015 session. Now, we need to encourage other legislators to support this bill and to vote for it when it comes to the floor.

So far, we’ve done all of this on a strictly volunteer basis, and we’ve accomplished a lot. However, we are now at the point that we really need to hire at least two full time employees. We need one employee who would be able to travel to churches, schools, political groups and festivals around the state educating the public about Personhood Alabama, and we need a second employee who can devote his time to meeting with various legislators to convince them to support a personhood bill and to answer their questions about the effect that this bill will have on other areas of law.

In order to hire these two employees, we will need to raise a significant amount of financial support, and if you are willing to help with that, please click here to go to our donations page. From there, you can choose to make a one-time donation of any amount or to setup a recurring amount to be donated every month.

More importantly, we would especially appreciate it if you could help us with your prayers. We know that our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and He can provide us with all the money that we need. Will you commit spend a few minutes in prayer every day to ask God to meet the needs of Personhood Alabama? If so, why don’t you also ask Him if He would like to meet those needs through you?

Ending abortion may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but with God’s help and your support, we are confident that we can see this atrocity eliminated in our state.


2 thoughts on “What is personhood anyway?

  1. I’m confused by the card left at my door. ” an abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun.”
    Am I ignorant, I have been led by my church to believe that the life of a baby begins at inception. That implys to me that an abortion kills the life of a Baby after it has begun. Please inform me.

    • Hi, Joe.

      Thanks for commenting. The card that you are asking about contains a quote from a Planned Parenthood brochure advocating birth control in 1963, ten years before Roe v. Wade. At that time, even Planned Parenthood openly admitted that an abortion kills a baby. Once Roe v. Wade was decided however, Planned Parenthood changed their position and began telling people that an abortion is just the removal of a clump of cells which they referred to as “products of conception.”

      The goal of Personhood Alabama is to restore the concept that abortion kills actual human beings. In Roe v. Wade, the Court declared that if the unborn child is legally recognized as what he actually is, that is as a person, then his right to life would be guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We are striving to provide that legal recognition in Alabama, and we need your help to raise support for this effort. The card that was placed on your door is available on our Donate page for just $30 for a box of 250. Please consider purchasing some and joining with us in our efforts to save the lives of the 10,000 babies who are killed through abortions in Alabama every year.

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