Pro-Life Forces in Alabama to Pursue 'Personhood' Legislation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Abortion opponents in the Alabama Legislature are not being deterred by the defeat of a constitutional amendment in Mississippi that said life begins at fertilization.

Republican Sen. Phil Williams of Rainbow City has already
filed Alabama legislation for the session starting in February.

Williams' bill provides that the word 'persons' in Alabama law
shall include anyone from the moment of fertilization and
implantation in the womb.

Williams got an identical bill through the Senate during the
2011 session, but it died in the House. Williams says his bill is viable for the 2012 session.

The group behind the Mississippi proposal, Personhood USA, says including implantation weakens the bill. But Williams says some legislators wanted that language to
make sure the legislation would not hinder in vitro fertilization.

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  • by Bill Fortenberry Location: Birmingham on Nov 14, 2011 at 04:16 AM
    Here is a short paper on why Sen. Williams' bill should not be accepted in Alabama:
  • by cw on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    I hope alabama passes this law then they will look like idiots instead of miss. for a change.
  • by For 26 Location: Union on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    I Think The Only Reason Propistion 26 Failed Is because There Was No Provision In It For Rape Or Incest.If This Bill Is Re-worded To Provide For Rape And Incest The Bill Would Pass.....
  • by SS on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    This should have gone to the legistature where it could have been better defined. Many people voted NO because they were uncertain of what the amendment didn't say. I think MS voters would have liked to vote YES but the wording for some screwed it up. It was such a difficult choice for so many.
  • by Caole Location: Jackson MS on Nov 9, 2011 at 07:50 PM
    We Mississippians have plenty of backbone. We stood up against an attack on the women of our state. Don't listen to these creeps whine about Planned Parenthood. This is an out-of-state group doing all this personhood crap. When two out of three of the leading religious figures in MS come out against it, you should know somethng is wrong. Making abortion illegal will NOT stop it. Grow up.
  • by jay Location: Meridian on Nov 9, 2011 at 07:07 PM
    We need to PRAY that God will go easy on prosecution on Mississippi. The people of Mississippi went agaisnt his word and let the devil get his way.
  • by David Location: Clarke county on Nov 9, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    I think MS made the right choice. At some point, it's good to know we have at least some people out there to put brains before the "belief" kool-aid.
  • by Natalie Location: Mississippi on Nov 9, 2011 at 05:00 PM
    I am so proud that Mississippi voters took the time to seriously consider the issue and not just vote the many religious leaders pressured them to vote. This was a hard-won victory for women in Mississippi. I wish Alabama voters a similar outcome. Good luck!
  • by Myles Aron Ray Location: United States on Nov 9, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    Hey Richard, we will be happy to help you fight this initiative. Do you have an email address we can reach you at to help organize something?
  • by Larry Location: Mississippi on Nov 9, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    Mississippi finally proved that the majority of people do have a brain- it was starting to look doubtful. Wondering about Alabama.
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