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Personhood amendment submitted in Arkansas

The pro-life group Personhood Arkansas has submitted “amendment language” to the state that would effectively outlaw abortion in the state.
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The pro-life group Personhood Arkansas has submitted “amendment language” to the state that would effectively outlaw abortion in the state.

The group says their amendment reads: “"No innocent person shall be denied the right to life. With respect to the right to life, the word ‘person’ shall apply to all human beings, including the unborn, at every stage of their development."

A similar effort was defeated in Mississippi last November over concerns the amendment would have criminalized birth control and would have created a number of other unintended consequences.

Personhood Arkansas says their amendment would have no “effect on contraceptives or other methods of birth control that do not cause the death of a person.”

In Colorado, voters defeated “personhood” amendments in 2008 and 2010.

Personhood Arkansas must submit 78,133 signatures by July to reach the 2012 ballot.
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