‘Life at Conception Act’ Introduced in Congress

Ultrasound pdWASHINGTON — A federal bill that would recognize the unborn as persons and subsequently provide protections to their right to life has been introduced in the U.S. Congress.

The “Life at Conception Act of 2016” was crafted by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and seeks to enshrine that the 14th Amendment right to equal protection of the laws applies to unborn children.

“[I]t is time for Congress to recognize the right to life is guaranteed to all Americans in the Declaration of Independence, and it is the constitutional duty of all members of Congress to ensure this belief is upheld,” Sen. Paul said in a statement released on Thursday.

“The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known – that human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore, is entitled to legal protection from that point forward,” he continued. “Only when America chooses, remembers and restores her respect for life will we rediscover our moral bearings and truly find our way.”

The Act is co-sponsored by Sens. Mike Crapo, R-ID, Jim Inhofe, R-OK, and Jim Risch, R-ID and specifies that the protections apply to the “species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization or cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”

“[T]he Congress hereby declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being,” it reads.

The “Life at Conception Act,” however, notes that its language does not prohibit in vitro fertilization or the use of birth control, and should not be construed as mandating criminal actions against “any woman for the death of her unborn child.”

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As previously reported, in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which was issued by a Republican majority, asserted that the Constitution does not include the unborn as being persons, and concluded that they may not therefore receive equal protection.

“The Constitution does not define ‘person’ in so many words,” wrote Justice Harry Blackmun. “[I]n nearly all these instances [where it is cited], the use of the word is such that it has application only post-natally. None indicates, with any assurance, that it has any possible pre-natal application.”

“All this, together with our observation, supra, that, throughout the major portion of the 19th century, prevailing legal abortion practices were far freer than they are today, persuades us that the word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn,” he continued. “In short, the unborn have never been recognized in the law as persons in the whole sense.”

However, Blackmun noted that if it could be proven that unborn babies truly are persons, abortion could come to an end in America.


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  • Joshua Krug

    Wouldn’t grandchildren be proof that the unborn are persons? These are the ones who existed the the loins of their grandparents before their parents were born.

    • Michael C

      I don’t think that’s how it works…

      • Joshua Krug

        Certainly, by all means, tell me why?

      • Joshua Krug

        You’re not even listening.

    • Josey

      Ironic huh?

      • Joshua Krug

        “The Constitution does not define ‘person’ in so many words,” wrote Justice Harry Blackmun. “[I]n nearly all these instances [where it is cited], the use of the word is such that it has application only post-natally. None indicates, with any assurance, that it has any possible pre-natal application.”

        Psalm 22:32

        The generation to come will be told of the Lord, that they may proclaim to a people yet unborn the deliverance you have brought.

        David speaks of them as though they are already alive.

        The U.S. Constitution, even in the preamble from what I remember speaks of them as though they were alive: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

        They speak of their posterity – children yet to be born.

        And there is more…

    • gogo0

      wow, that began so broken that there is nothing to tear apart.
      please, tell us more about your proof

      • Joshua Krug

        If there is nothing for you to tear up here then please let it go.

  • Michael C

    Someone finally showed Rand Paul his polling numbers. He’s getting desperate.

    • Joshua Krug

      What does that mean?

    • Oboehner

      No there genius, he is continuing to do what he and his father have done many times in the past.

      • gizmo23

        Try to pass bills they know have no hope of passing?

        • Oboehner

          Why would they have no chance of passing? Aren’t there plenty of “pro-life” republicans to vote for them?

          • gizmo23

            Not enough and they don’t want to stick their necks out. This won’t even make it to the floor for a vote.
            They don’t want to be accused of being against birth control either

          • Oboehner

            Stick their necks out for the people who elected them? The truth of the matter is that the “pro-life” thing is just a carrot they dangle for votes, just like they all do.

  • acontraryview

    O yea! Another waste of Congressional time.

    • Joshua Krug

      Agreed, this should have been resolved for life a long time ago.

    • Oboehner

      Yeah, saving lives is always a waste of time to a leftist.

    • afchief

      The Left is hate. Revenge is its pastime. Genocide is its legacy.

      • acontraryview

        You are certainly entitled to your opinion.

        • Joshua Krug

          If that is true, then it’s not a waste of time.

          • acontraryview

            If what is true?

          • Joshua Krug

            Let’s just get right down to it and no manipulating words: do you support abortion, yes or no?

          • acontraryview

            I am pro-choice.

        • afchief

          Very few liberals strike me as happy people. They seem to go through life with an ever-present axe to grind about almost anything and everything. They are NEVER satisfied. They are suffering souls with a spiritual blindness even though some may be materially wealthy. And most of them hold those of us who believe in God and family and hard work and playing by the rules with derision. Liberalism is the killer. Liberalism kills dreams and offers no hope. The failure of liberalism is what drives men to madness.

          • acontraryview

            “Very few liberals strike me as happy people”

            Then you don’t know very many liberal people. Most of the ones I know are happy.

            “They seem to go through life with an ever-present axe to grind about almost anything and everything.”

            Given your near constant complaining about the judiciary, laws, things being legal you don’t agree with, and homosexuals in general, you seem to have multiple axes to grind and are never satisfied. Based on your criteria should I then assume you are a liberal?

            “And most of them hold those of us who believe in God and family and hard work and playing by the rules with derision.”

            Given that the vast majority of liberals identify as Christian, your statement is nonsensical.

            “Liberalism is the killer. Liberalism kills dreams and offers no hope.”

            You are certainly entitled to your opinion

            “The failure of liberalism is what drives men to madness.”

            Who has been driven to madness by the “failure of liberalism”?

  • Josey

    It’s ironic that if any of these that support abortion had any brains to consider that had their mothers killed them off the obvious they wouldn’t be here today to support it, it’s crazy. How many good people were killed that could have offered good things to this world and yes I get there are bad people born that grow up to do bad things as well because the choose to do evil but we are not God to decide who gets to live and who doesn’t, that is a line we should have never crossed and judgement will come upon those unrepentant concerning it and who are so arrogant as to support the taking of innocent lives.

    • Oboehner

      All of the people with all of their contributions to mankind, who would have at the time been an inconvenience to their mothers are just fodder to the abortion-loving lib.

    • gizmo23

      It sounds like a good bill but won’t go anywhere.

    • FoJC_Forever

      Multiple millions of possibilities have been snuffed out do to the wicked selfishness of people who reject Truth and Life. No one knows how those lives would have impacted society. I’ve thought about this reality for so long. What if George Washington had been aborted by his mother? What if Abraham Lincoln? That child has potential for good or bad, but him or her has done nothing to deserve death while they are tenderly growing in the womb.

    • gogo0

      “It’s ironic that if any of these that support abortion had any brains to consider that had their mothers killed them off the obvious they wouldn’t be here today to support it, it’s crazy.”

      considering an event like that, namely one that hadnt occurred, is a fun imaginary study in causality, but aside from that it is unimportant because… well, it just didnt happen. while we’re at it, lets imagine a world where any particular child wasnt naturally stillborn, or where you were stillborn, or where we can communicate with cats, or unicorns exist, etc…

  • gizmo23

    I doubt this would have been introduced if it had any chance of passing

    • Nidalap

      ‘Twould appear that I sometimes share your doubts, Mogwai…

      • gizmo23

        I believe some issues are used to garner votes and donations and if those issues are resolved it is detrimental to someones election. Abortion is one of those issues

        • Nidalap

          A sadly valid point. Gots to love political maneuverings, right? 🙂

          • gizmo23

            Both sides are guilty of using this tactic. When you only have 2 choices it doesn’t leave room for many differences of opinions

          • Nidalap

            Sides…ARE there even two sides anymore in government? One side seems determined to win at all costs, but the other seems determined to lose with equal fervor…

  • Concern

    Was watching John Hagee promote his “Sanctuary of Hope” a place to counter an abortion culture. This is great, and I hope and prayer for it’s success.
    May God Bless Pastor Hagee and his vision.