Missouri House Advances Amendment Declaring Personhood of Unborn

Ultrasound-pdJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House of Representatives has advanced a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would recognize the unborn as persons.

“We’re killing kids so fast it is insane,” said Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, during the floor debate on Tuesday. “The epidemic of abortion is so out of control. It is time we do something to put a stop to it.”

As previously reportedHouse Joint Resolution 98 was introduced by Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, as a ballot initiative to be presented to the people of Missouri in November.

“[A]ll constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; … all persons, including unborn human children at every stage of biological development, have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry,” it reads in part.

“[T]his state recognizes the right to life of every unborn human child at every stage of biological development and shall protect such life from deprivation by the state or private action to the extent permitted by the federal Constitution,” the resolution continues. “Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”

Last month, the House Committee on Children and Families approved the bill 8-3, sending it on to the full House for a vote, where it was debated on Tuesday. Opponents of the measure expressed concern that it would not leave an exceptions to an abortion.

“Do you believe that it’s just or compassionate to force a woman who’s been raped to have the child of the man who raped her?” asked Rep. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, according to the Associated Press.

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Rep. Tila Hubrecht, R-Dexter, said that no matter the circumstance, children should not be deprived of the right to life.

“Sometimes bad things happen, and they’re horrible things,” she said. “But sometimes God can give us a silver lining through the birth of a child.”

Dexter said that when she had to have an emergency cesarean section, she asked the doctors to “save the baby, no matter the cost.”

Others argued that the effort could result in the banning of birth control, but Republican supporters said that is not the case.

“What that does is puts Missouri in a position that it’s the most pro-life state in the country as allowed by the federal Constitution through the holdings of the United States Supreme Court,” said Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City.

The measure passed the House 112-36, but requires a second vote before it can move to the Senate.

Abortion has long been debated throughout American history and was strongly resisted in early America.

Philadelphia legal writer, educator and Christian apologist Francis Wharton, who wrote several books on American law, penned an entire chapter on abortion in his book “American Criminal Law,” published in 1855. Wharton called abortionists “persons who are ready to degrade their humanity to this occupation” and stated in regard to abortion in general, “Such conduct cannot be too strongly condemned, and is the more deserving of receiving the punishment awarded for the criminal offense in question.”

He proceeded to outline the wonders of fetal development in his book, showing that even in the fourth and fifth week of development, the facial features of the baby are distinctly recognized.

Nearly 60 million children have been murdered in the womb since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade.

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  • TheBottomline4This

    Didn’t Hillary Clinton even mention that the baby was a person???
    I’ll see if I can find her quote…..

    • TheBottomline4This

      Ah yes…
      “Hillary Clinton faced criticism from both sides of the abortion debate on Monday after she waded into the fraught argument about when life begins by describing the unborn as a “person.”

      Mrs. Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, made the comment during an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” after she was asked about abortion restrictions and the rights of the unborn.

      “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” Mrs. Clinton said.

      She added: “That doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can, in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support.” “

      • TheBottomline4This

        I wonder if Hillary would have supported Chelsea if she had wanted to have an Abortion when her granddaughter Charlotte was growing inside her daughter’s womb or even the current baby. I wonder if she would have…hmmm.

        • NCOriolesFan

          I wonder if Hillary ever thought of Chelsea as a living abortion.

      • Jalapeno

        Too bad that BEING a person and HAVING personhood are two entirely different things.

    • NCOriolesFan

      Is she even a person too?

  • NCOriolesFan

    “every stage of biological development…” Now the democrats (and some GOPers) have no logical excuse for the labels they use to dehumanize the unborn baby human.

  • gizmo23

    Missouri also kicked many poor young mothers to be off medicaid.

  • gizmo23

    Once people find out it will make some birth control illegal it will fail like it has in all other states

  • gizmo23

    Heather always does a nice writing job and always throws some history in to boot

  • Josey

    I’ve know a couple of rape victims who didn’t blame the child for what the rapist providing seed did, they either gave up their child for adoption and in one case she kept the baby, she was able to separate the baby from the horrible deed done to her. Now, not everyone can do that, she had love in abundance and decided not to give the rapist power over her life with hate. The rapist is the one who should pay with his life, not the baby who is innocent.