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Fertility Groups: Personhood Legislation Could Hinder Reproductive Health
Personhood amendments to state constitutions, which would establish legal personhood beginning at any stage of development, remain a threat to reproductive health, according to two infertility societies. Such personhood amendments are clearly intended to outlaw abortion but have the potential to affect assisted reproductive technology. A ballot measure to amend the Mississippi state constitution to recognize that life begins at fertilization (known as Initiative 26) recently failed, but the main proponent of the measure, Personhood USA, is pushing similar ballot initiatives in other states. Fifty-eight percent of Mississippi voters rejected the proposed personhood amendment. Similar initiatives have failed at the polls twice in Colorado.