Personhood Amendment May Appear On Arkansas Ballot

As a half-dozen states — including Mississippi, Florida and Ohio — are considering anti-abortion measures that would “declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person,” a small group is pushing for a similar personhood amendment to appear on the 2012 Arkansas ballot. The group, Personhood Arkansas, will draft an amendment proposal that would define life beginning at conception and could outlaw common firms of birth control and even in vitro fertilization. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, there have been approximately 600 state restrictions on abortion this year.

Rebecca Leber