Dr. Rand Paul has introduced a bill to legally protect unborn children from the moment of conception in the U.S. Senate.
For the third time, “Senator Paul introduced the “Life at Conception Act,” a day before the 43rd March for Life. The legislation is described by supporters as a legislative fix to the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Paul has introduced the bill twice before. When Dr. Rand Paul introduced the legislation in 2013, neither Senator Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio co-sponsored the legislation.
In a January 21, 2016 press release, Dr. Rand Paul stated:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today introduced the Life at Conception Act. The legislation would implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment for the right to life of each born and unborn human. The Life at Conception Act does not amend or interpret the Constitution, but simply relies on the 14th Amendment, which specifically authorizes Congress to enforce its provisions.
From Section 1 of the 14th Amendment:
“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Sen. Paul issued the following statement:
“As thousands of Americans prepare to participate in the annual March for Life, it 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. “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. Only when America chooses, remembers, and restores her respect for life will we rediscover our moral bearings and truly find our way.”
Cosponsors of the Life at Conception Act include: Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Jim Risch (R-ID).
To read the legislation in its entirety, click HERE.
Dr. Rand Paul is preceded by his father, former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul who sponsored very similar legislation, the “Sanctity of Life Act,” several times, including in 2005, 2007, again in 2007, in 2009 and in 2011.
As Dr. Rand Paul explained, in 2012,
“Will you help me in a bold an aggressive campaign to end abortion-on-demand once and for all? Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, nine unelected men and women on the Supreme Court have played god with innocent human life. They have invented laws that condemned more than 56 million babies to painful deaths without trial, merely for the crime of being ‘inconvenient.’ But the good news is, Congress has the power to legislatively overturn Roe v. Wade and end all abortion-on demand. You see when the Supreme Court invented so-called ‘right’ to an abortion, they left an opening for us in Congress to act on the question of when life begins. In Roe v. Wade the Court ruled: ‘We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins…the judiciary at this point in the development of man’s knowledge is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.’ The Court then admitted that if the personhood of an unborn baby is established, the right to abort, ‘collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed by the 14th Amendment…’ Now what the Court was saying, if you look through the legal mumbo-jumbo, is that we in Congress have the power to legally define when life begins. The same judges who wrote Roe v. Wade actually admitted this. Of course, science has long held that life begins at conception. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring the ‘Life at Conception Act‘ which by legally defining that life begins at conception, would simply bring the legal definition of ‘life’ in line with the biological definition… in effect overturning Roe v. Wade…”