A nationwide anti-abortion group has launched an effort in Florida to outlaw all abortions and certain types of birth control, including oral contraceptives and the morning-after pill.
The religion-infused movement, called Personhood Florida, would define conception in Florida's Constitution at the "biological beginnings," supporters said - when sperm meets egg. The group filed its amendment Friday but the exact ballot language is still being worked out, said Secretary of State spokeswoman Jennifer Krell-Davis.
The amendment seeks to outlaw all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. Also criminalized: the morning-after pill and oral contraceptives taken by women, known as the pill. "There are some (birth control) methods that kill a child," said Pat McEwan, who is leading the Personhood Florida group.
The amendment faces extremely long odds. First, supporters must gather 676,811 signatures to make the ballot - by Feb. 1, to go before voters in 2010. And Florida has a 60 percent threshold for constitutional amendments to become law, a very difficult hurdle.