DENVER, February 18, 2009 ( – Personhood USA has announced that since the beginning of the new year, seven different states have started efforts in support of the personhood of pre-born children. In addition, Rep. Duncan Hunter has introduced H.R. 881, the Right to Life Act, on the federal level, propelling the personhood movement forward.

Five States have now introduced bills affirming the personhood rights of pre-born humans from the moment of fertilization, including:

Maryland – HB925 – Delegate Don Dwyer
North Dakota –  H.R. 1572 – Rep. Dan Ruby
Montana – SB 406 – Sen. Daniel W McGee
South Carolina –  H.3526 – Rep. Liston Barfield
Alabama – SB-335 – Sen. Hank Erwin

Oregon has also begun a personhood amendment petition drive, and Mississippi’s personhood amendment petition drive is expected to launch within weeks.

The common thread among all of these efforts is the goal to fill what is becoming known as the “Blackmun Hole” in Roe v. Wade. This is where Justice Blackmun implied in the Roe v. Wade decision that if the case were established that the pre-born human being was a person, the argument for abortion collapses. In Roe v Wade, it is acknowledged that the “fetus” is fully human, but the decision did not grant the rights of “persons” until birth.

“Personhood USA is standing with strong support for all of these efforts. We are committed to working tirelessly to establish personhood in every State, because this is the only way to restore dignity to the humans most vulnerable among us,” stated Cal Zastrow of Personhood USA.

“Personhood efforts raise the standard of what it is to be pro-life. We expect that as the understanding that all humans are people spreads, the injustice of abortion will end,” continued Keith Mason of Personhood USA.

Personhood USA is a grassroots Christian organization founded to establish personhood efforts across America to create protection for every child.