Montana Senate Approves Pro-Life Personhood Amendment

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | February 26, 2009 | 4:55 PM EST

( – Montana became the first state on Thursday to pass a Personhood Amendment – which establishes legal rights for humans from the moment of conception – in the state Senate.
SB 406 states: “All persons are born free and have certain alienable rights … person means a human being at all stages of human development of life, including the state of fertilization or conception, regardless of age, health, level of functioning, or condition of dependency.”
"Senator Dan McGee, writing the language of SB 406 himself, has shown what it truly means to be pro-life," Keith Mason of Personhood USA said in a statement. "Senator McGee's successful efforts on behalf of all human beings at all stages of human life are a giant step forward in historic efforts to ensure the rights and protection of every individual."

Five states have introduced bills affirming personhood rights – including Maryland, North Dakota, Montana, South Carolina, and Alabama. Oregon has started a personhood amendment petition drive, and Mississippi is expected to launch its personhood amendment petition drive in a few weeks.
"Praise God! The honor of being the first State Senate in U.S. history to recognize the personhood of pre-born children goes to Montana," Cal Zastrow of Personhood USA said in a statement. "Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Dan McGee, The Montana Personhood Amendment now moves forward to the State House of Representatives."
The amendment now goes to the Montana House of Representatives with a majority vote of 74. Once it passes, it will immediately become part of the state constitution. The North Dakota House of Representatives approved a Personhood Amendment last week.