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Who is a person?

The Virginia legislature's House Bill 1 would define a fertilized egg as a person and House Bill 462 will force women to submit to an invasive, transvaginal ultrasound without their consent before seeking an abortion. A personhood law like HB1 was voted down by the citizens of Mississippi last fall because the law has far-reaching ramifications affecting birth control, infertility treatments and the traumatization of women who are forced to end possibly late-stage pregnancies because of the fact that the baby has passed away inside their bodies. There is currently a petition on titled "Stop the War on Women" which has been signed by more than 20,000 individuals, including men and women from Virginia, who are extremely concerned about these bills.