Contact: Genevieve Wilson
WASHINGTON, DC, October 29, 2014— Our nation’s newest national prolife group, Personhood Alliance (PA), today announced a ground-breaking campaign to launch pro-life ballot initiatives at the county and municipal level across the country in 2015.
“This represents the first time local voters will be able to approve no exceptions Personhood protection for all innocent human beings through their municipal ballots,” said Dan Becker, current President of Georgia Right to Life and the interim President for Personhood Alliance.
Approving Personhood language in local ordinances and codes seeks to ensure that every innocent human life, from earliest biological beginning through natural death, is legally protected. “In addition to protecting children in the womb, this would add protection for the elderly infirm and severely disabled” said Becker.
The newly-formed PA is a Christ-centered organization which believes that pursing Personhood is essential to protecting innocent human life in the 21st century.
Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., Policy Director for the Personhood Alliance and author of Colorado’s Amendment 67, expressed optimism ahead of Tuesday’s elections in Colorado and North Dakota.
“Despite being outspent in Colorado by Planned Parenthood by a ratio of almost 120:1 ($2,708,500 to $22,929 ) the personhood movement is poised to make significant gains in the next few days,” stated Mr. Garcia Jones, “when the results start coming in on Tuesday night, the media might be shocked by what it sees—the advance of Personhood as a movement. This has huge implications for local politicians.”
“With its ideological stranglehold on the media and its government funded war chest, we know that winning in a head to head statewide battle with Planned Parenthood is almost impossible, so we are going to change the rules of engagement a little,” said Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life, a key pro-life organization in the state of Ohio.
“In 2012, we watched as activists attempted to amend the municipal code of the city of Anchorage through a citizen ballot initiative. Although they were unsuccessful at the polls, they generated a lot of debate on their issue. We look forward to not only generating debate, but also being able to press our advantage in rural communities,” said Christopher Kurka, Executive Director of Alaska Right to Life, a founding member of the Personhood Alliance.
States and municipalities have constitutionally recognized powers to promote public welfare and preserve public health. According to a 2014 Alabama Supreme Court decision, the 14th amendment to the US Constitution obligates states to use this power “to provide to unborn children at any stage of their development the same legal protection from injury and death they provide to persons already born.”
“We look forward to following the clear and consistent rulings of the Alabama Supreme Court and working through the municipal bodies and through the ballot initiative process to ensure that in Alabama, every person is protected from their earliest stage of development,” stated Bill Fortenberry, boardmember of Personhood Alabama.
In Mississippi, Les Riley of Personhood Mississippi is feeling upbeat about the future of the Personhood Movement. “In 2011, we were betrayed by establishment politicians like former Governor Haley Barber and had to endure the carpet bombing TV ad campaign by Planned Parenthood. Even then, we won many counties. We know that at the local level, Planned Parenthood and the media can’t match our network of churches and our tight knit conservative communities.” Dr. Beverly McMillan, President of Pro-life Mississippi concurred, “We are looking forward to a very active grass roots campaign in 2015.”
In the Northeast, New Hampshire Right to Life recently made headlines by encouraging the New Hampshire GOP to adopt Personhood as part of its official party platform. “Ronald Reagan supported Personhood, the national GOP platform supports personhood, and we are proud that the New Hampshire GOP platform also supports personhood,” said New Hampshire Right to Life PAC Director Darlene Pawlik.
The Personhood Alliance currently has established member organizations in Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.