Human Personhood Movement Launches in Colorado, Montana

Washington, D.C. (07July 2009) – The human personhood movement took the national stage last week as Colorado and Montana became the latest states to join a nationwide campaign to legally recognize every human being as a human person from their biological beginning.

Led by grassroots activists in Colorado and Montana, and aided by American Life League and Personhood USA, the two new human personhood initiatives were launched on the steps of their respective statehouses. Sponsoring organizations seek the passage of state constitutional amendments that would define every human being as a human person under state law, from the beginning of their biological development.

Montana and Colorado are two of 17 states working toward full recognition of human personhood.

“Ultimately, the pro-life movement is about basic human rights,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “We want to see the dream of the civil rights movement fulfilled once and for all: a society and a rule of law that affirms the dignity and equality of every human being as a person.”

Colorado Right to Life is leading Colorado’s personhood movement on the heels of last year’s Colorado for Equal Rights Movement, which thrust human personhood into the national spotlight.

In Montana, State Representative Wendy Warburton, working alongside the Montana ProLife Coalition, announced the initiative on July 1.

In both states, activists are working with language developed by Dr. Dianne Irving, a noted medical ethicist, and promoted by Johanna Dasteel, American Life League's personhood project director.

“As American Life League works toward the passage of a Federal Human Personhood Amendment, we cannot underestimate the importance of every state working toward the full recognition of human personhood,” Brown said. “This isn’t about abortion; this isn’t about politics; this is about human rights and justice for all.”

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death.  For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.