Petition Closed

Women's reproductive healthcare has become a political football, with Congress and States acting in concert to remove funding for Planned Parenthood, and to establish numerous and capricious restrictions on legal procedures, and with presidential candidates, Congressmen, and pundits who don't even believe a woman has a right to contraception.

These positions are inconsistent with women's equality and liberty. If women and other people with uteri are full and free citizens of this nation, then they must have the right to make decisions about their own bodies from a full spectrum of choice. As that is currently being denied, women et al. evidently need a Personhood Amendment to guarantee agency over their own bodies.  If we can get 1000 people to agree and sign this petition, we will deliver it to potential supporter Senators Patty Murray, Al Franken, and Kristen Gillibrand and ask them to introduce it to Congress:

"A person identifying as a woman and/or having a uterus shall retain all of the full, basic, and fundamental rights of a US citizen as promised by the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Congress and the States shall make no law that infringes upon a person's life, including but not limited to access to life-saving or life-improving healthcare, and/or medicines and procedures deemed necessary or beneficial by a medical professional and/or by the person having the uterus, procurement of which shall not be denied in and of itself by the presence of a uterus. Congress and the States shall make no law that infringes upon a person's liberty, including but not limited to autonomy over hir own body and the ability to make decisions regarding hir own healthcare. Congress and the States shall make no law that interferes with a person's pursuit of happiness, including but not limited to access to a full spectrum of reproductive options, freedom from forcible reproduction, and the ability to make decisions regarding family planning and family resources."

Letter to
Senators Patty Murray, Al Franken, and Kristen Gillibrand
Dear Senators Patty Murray, Al Franken, and Kristen Gillibrand:

The below signatories are seeking your support for the introduction of a Personhood Amendment that would officially recognize women and other people with uteri as autonomous individuals who have the right of self-determination to make decisions about their own bodies and reproductive needs. Yes, it's cheeky. Yes, it's turning the anti-choice brigade's "personhood amendments" for fetuses on its head. And yes, we believe that you are just the people to champion this irreverent but profoundly important statement of personhood on behalf of the nation's women.

Personhood Amendment: "A person identifying as a woman and/or having a uterus shall retain all of the full, basic, and fundamental rights of a US citizen as promised by the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Congress and the States shall make no law that infringes upon a person's life, including but not limited to access to life-saving or life-improving healthcare, and/or medicines and procedures deemed necessary or beneficial by a medical professional and/or by the person having the uterus, procurement of which shall not be denied in and of itself by the presence of a uterus. Congress and the States shall make no law that infringes upon a person's liberty, including but not limited to autonomy over hir own body and the ability to make decisions regarding hir own healthcare. Congress and the States shall make no law that interferes with a person's pursuit of happiness, including but not limited to access to a full spectrum of reproductive options, freedom from forcible reproduction, and the ability to make decisions regarding family planning and family resources."

Please support women and other people with uteri in our bid for equality and autonomy by introducing the Personhood Amendment and put an end to the capricious restrictions on a legal medical procedure and on access to contraception.

Thank you.