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While the Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal under national law, many states have incorporated laws that define unborn babies as human beings using language like “unborn child shall mean any individual of the human species from fertilization until birth”. These states boldly introduced law that complicates national law and serves to defend unborn babies. Here are the thirteen states that define the unborn as people.

  1. Alabama – “Recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life.”
  2. Arkansas – “Person” also includes an unborn child in utero at any stage of development.”
  3. Idaho
  4. Illinois – “Unborn child’ shall mean any individual of the human species from fertilization until birth.”
  5. Kansas – “Unborn child’ means a living individual organism of the species homo sapiens, in utero, at any stage of gestation from fertilization to birth.”
  6. Kentucky – “Unborn child” means a member of the species homo sapiens in utero from conception onward, without regard to age, health, or condition of dependency.”
  7. Louisiana – “Unborn child’ means any individual of the human species from fertilization and implantation until birth.”
  8. Michigan – “Any person who shall administer to any woman pregnant with a quick child any medicine, drug or substance whatever, or shall use or employ any instrument or other means, with intent thereby to destroy such child, unless the same shall have been necessary to preserve the life of such mother, shall, in case the death of such child or of such mother be thereby produced, be guilty of manslaughter.”
  9. Mississippi
  10. Missouri – “The life of each human being begins at conception; Unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being.”
  11. Oklahoma – “‘Human being’ includes an unborn child.”
  12. Tennessee – “‘Another’, ‘individuals’, and ‘another person’ include a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation in utero.”
  13. Texas – “Individual” means a human being who is alive, including an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.”
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