Alabama personhood bill ‘dead’ on House floor

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, pro-abortion rights signs are seen during the March for Life 2016, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court will not allow North Dakota to enforce a law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The justices on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, turned away the state’s appeal of lower court rulings that struck down the 2013 fetal heartbeat law as unconstitutional. The law never took effect and abortion rights supporters said it was the strictest anti-abortion measure in the country. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama personhood bill, which would have effectively banned abortion in the state, has failed to make it to a vote in the legislature.

Republican Ed Henry, the bill’s sponsor, says the bill is “essentially dead.” After House Democrats mounted a filibuster on Thursday, the House adjourned before getting to the bill.

Henry’s bill was a proposed constitutional amendment to legally define a fetus as a person from the moment of fertilization.

Opponents of the bill say it could have rendered some forms of birth control the “legal equivalent of homicide.”

Henry’s bill was similar to ballot measures voted down in Mississippi, Colorado and North Dakota in recent years. The Oklahoma Supreme Court in 2012 ruled a similar amendment unconstitutional.

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