A New Wave of Support to Protect all Preborn Human Life in the State of Florida!
Personhood Florida, Protect Human Life Florida, and dozens of biblically based sanctity of life organizations and leaders have teamed up to promote the Human Life Protection Amendment!
This is a state constitutional amendment initiative recognizing the God-given right to life of the preborn individual. It defines by law a “preborn individual” as a human person at any stage of development. The amendment would recognize and protect all innocent preborn human life from conception and is the only active pro-life citizen initiative currently registered with the Florida Division of Elections.
In the past, Personhood Florida sponsored the Personhood Amendment in our state. Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade according to the Dobbs decision on June 24th, 2022, there has been a new wave of support for a citizen-led initiative to abolish abortion in our state. We have now joined in Christian unity with several organizations to push for a state constitutional amendment to protect all preborn human life without exception.
We are excited that our dream of seeing these precious children protected by love and by law is that much closer to becoming a reality!
Why a state constitutional amendment?
Currently, under Florida law there are dozens of state regulations allowing abortion. These are under Chapter 390 Termination of Pregnancies. These state statutes allow different types of abortion. The exceptions and regulations go on for pages and pages.
Prior to Roe v. Wade, the only exception for abortion in the state of Florida was a life threatening situation for the mother. Ironically, if no compromised laws had been passed, under the recent Dobbs decision that overturned Roe, Florida could have quickly returned to being essentially an abortion free state.
However, we can undo years of laws with exceptions with one amendment. The collaborative language of our proposed amendment states that “all laws, judicial precedents, and acts contrary to this section shall be null, void, and deemed repealed to the extent of any conflict with this section.”
If this amendment were to be approved by Florida voters, no state law and no state Supreme Court decision, past or present, would be able to supersede the constitutional recognition and legal protection of the life of a preborn child.
Rather than leave it to our legislature to write more laws regulating abortion, we the people of the state of Florida, can end the killing of the preborn with one amendment!
We cannot fail unless we fail to try!
Personhood amendments have been voted on five times in three states in the past decade – Colorado, Mississippi and North Dakota. Although several of the votes were close, no state won the majority needed to amend their state constitution. However, this was not a failure.
One positive result was in changing the terms of the abortion debate. Rather than centering on a woman’s right to choose and opting for the regulation of abortion, the conversation in these states has shifted to recognizing the Personhood of the preborn child.
Further, in every state where Personhood amendments were tried, more people got involved with efforts to protect the preborn. Crisis pregnancy counseling grew more than ever before, more people got involved on the grassroots level, solid candidates were elected to office, and abortion rates went down in every state.
We even began to see major political candidates switch to a “no exceptions” stance on ending the gruesome practice of child sacrifice. The focus has switched from that of a secular women’s rights issue to the unabashed biblical truth that these are little baby boys and girls made in the image of God.
Further, the effect was nationwide! Many states near to the places where state Personhood amendments were tried now have total or near-total abortion bans. These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
We recognize that some of these laws are not 100 percent perfect, but several states no longer have operating abortion mills and more states are expected to abolish abortion in the near future.
There is no doubt that the paradigm has shifted from “pro-life with exceptions” to the “total abolition of abortion without compromise.”
We will not stop until every preborn child is protected!
Yes, it will be difficult to get on the ballot in Florida. Ours is one of only three states in the nation to require a 60 percent or higher supermajority requirement for voter approval of a constitutional amendment. It is an extremely high bar. We would initially need to get close to a million valid signatures to qualify for ballot placement. However, we believe that Florida is a forerunner state. What happens here affects the rest of the nation. Even a near miss in Florida at under 60 percent of the vote would embolden other states where the threshold is lower and they will pass Personhood amendments to their state constitutions.
If we try, we trust that eventually God will give us the victory.
We need to work hard to raise the finances, expand our networks, and continue to increase our grassroots support to win. Passing a state constitutional amendment by a citizen initiative, while a difficult process, can be done.
Yes, it will be a hard battle, but we cannot fail to try!
One positive statistic is that in the entire history of citizen initiatives in the state of Florida, the 44 initiatives that gained ballot access with a grassroots signature effort (those not placed on the ballot by the state legislature) have been well received by Florida voters. The success rate once on the ballot is 77 percent, with 34 of them having been approved to date. As we go out into the streets, we are stirring lively discussion, changing minds, and winning hearts. We have also seen many people choose life for their preborn children and profess Christ as their Lord and Savior. As we live out a faithful witness, we do not believe we can fail.
Now is the time to go on the offense!
We cannot spend our time on defense trying to keep things from happening. We are God’s people who are called to run to the battle. We will need every bit of time, energy, focus, and financial resources to mount a serious effort to protect all preborn human life.
Won’t you join with us to protect the preborn in the state of Florida?
You can volunteer as a petitioner, give financial support, connect us with like-minded friends and family, and help us spread news of this citizen-led initiative across the state.