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RESOLVE opposes all Personhood initiatives and urges all Americans to VOTE AGAINST any anti-family legislation as it undermines access to safe and reliable infertility medical treatments. Click here to read RESOLVE’s Policy Statement on Personhood legislation, which includes a full explanation of how Personhood legislation and/or Amendments will impact people with infertility.

What is the difference between a Bill and a Ballot Initiative? 

A ballot initiative is an attempt to get an issue in front of voters in a state. A Personhood Ballot Initiative would be an attempt to have voters in a state pass a Personhood Amendment or Initiative that would change a state constitution or amend state statutes defining when life begins. Each state has its own process for how any initiative gets on a ballot in November. At its core, a ballot initiative is taking a particular issue to the general public and letting them decide.  In 2014, North Dakota will have a Personhood ballot initiative that North Dakota residents will vote for or against on November 4, 2014.

A Personhood bill is a bill introduced in the state legislature, either in the House or Senate or both, and must proceed along a specific process to get a final vote in the full House and Senate. The bill would then need to be signed into law by the Governor. A bill would only be voted on by the elected officials in a state and would not be open to public vote.

Personhood Bills and Ballots have been introduced in the following states. Here is the status of each of these legislative initiatives in each state:

North Dakota    
Oklahoma    
South Carolina    

 State: Oklahoma Bill Number: HB 2070
Added: February 24, 2014

  • Short Description of Bill: A so-called "personhood" ballot to give legal rights to newly fertilized microscopic embryos (i.e., when life begins).
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill passed the House Public Health Committee.
  • Link to Bill: HB 2070
  • Local Volunteer Needs: If you are interested in learning more about this bill, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org.

 State: South Carolina Bill Number: HB3323 
Added: February 19, 2013

  • Short Description of Bill: A so-called "personhood" bill to give legal rights to newly fertilized microscopic embryos (i.e., when life begins).
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to the Judiciary committee.
  • Link to Bill: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3323.htm
  • Local Volunteer Needs: If you are interested in testifying or providing outreach to your South Carolina legislators on this bill, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org.  
  • Read RESOLVE’s Personhood Policy

State: South Carolina Bill Number: S 83
Updated: April 10, 2014

  • Short Description of Bill: A so-called "personhood" bill to give legal rights to newly fertilized microscopic embryos (i.e., when life begins).
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to the Judiciary committee. The bill is being voted on by a special Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 10, 2014.
  • Link to Bill: S 83
  • Local Volunteer Needs: If you are interested in testifying or providing outreach to your South Carolina legislators on this bill, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org.  
  • Read RESOLVE’s Personhood Policy
  • Read RESOLVE's letter that opposes this bill.

State: South Carolina Bill Number: S 457
Updated: April 10, 2014

  • Short Description of Bill: A so-called "personhood" ballot to give legal rights to newly fertilized microscopic embryos (i.e., when life begins).
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to the Judiciary committee. The bill is being voted on by a special Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 10, 2014.
  • Link to Bill: S 457
  • Local Volunteer Needs: If you are interested in testifying or providing outreach to your South Carolina legislators on this bill, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org.  
  • Read RESOLVE’s Personhood Policy
  • Read RESOLVE's letter that opposes this bill.


 Ballot Initiatives

State: North Dakota Ballot Number: SCR 4009
Updated: March 25, 2013