Propose a Constitutional amendment that protects ALL life from conception until death.
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Life begins at conception. Therefore, life should be constitutionally protected from conception until death. In order to secure this provision, the people of the United States of America demand a Constitutional Amendment, the Twenty-eighth Amendment to the United States of America. This amendment must explicitly define and protect ALL human life from conception until death. If our government cannot protect the most fundamental of human rights, then it cannot secure any other right. Our Declaration of Independence states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution states, "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."
The Declaration of Independence clearly states that we are created equal, with unalienable rights that do not come from the government, but that the government has a sovereign duty to protect. The United States government has a duty to protect all life, regardless of its developmental stage. The Preamble to the Constitution states that it does 'ordain and establish this Constitution' in order to 'secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.' Posterity clearly refers to our future descendants, both born and unborn.
The biological definition of life is indisputably clear. Human life is a continuous developmental process that begins at conception and ends at death. Birth is simply a dramatic event in the developmental process of an already distinct and unique human life. Biologically speaking, “The term conception refers to the union of the male and female pronuclear elements of procreation from which a new living being develops. It is synonymous with the terms fecundation, impregnation, and fertilization … The zygote thus formed represents the beginning of a new life.” (J.P. Greenhill and E.A. Freidman. Biological Principles and Modern Practice of Obstetrics. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Publishers. 1974 Pages 17 and 23.)
Additionally, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution clearly states: "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."
Clearly, then, a human life inside the womb is a unique 'person' and demands the same protection as a human life outside the womb. The value of a unique human life must not be discriminated on the basis of development, ability or perceived value to society.
Therefore, United States Government has a responsibility to protect all life within its jurisdiction and to protect the rights of all citizens. The word 'viability' has become a euphemism and is used to soften the reality of what abortion really is: the intentional killing of an innocent human life. Viability is defined by Dictionary.com as the, "ability to live, especially under certain conditions." It is true that the human life cannot survive outside the womb during much of the pregnancy. That is precisely why the human life develops in the womb during this period. The embryo's inability to live outside the womb is an excellent argument for keeping the embryo in the womb, not for killing it. One might use the same rationale to justify strangling a man, simply because he cannot live without being able to breathe. If one argues abortion on the basis of viability, meaning its dependence on outside sources for survival, then one could also argue that the 'viability' of a three year old child is not yet sufficient to be deemed a full 'person.' Does the child's dependence on outside sources for survival leave the child bereft of any constitutional protections or does it, to the contrary, demand a greater burden of responsibility to that child? If a parent leaves a toddler unattended for a week, the child will die. Additionally, the weight of responsibility of the parent to the child is so great that a felony murder charge would most likely ensue. Parenthood does not grant additional 'rights' to the parents. It demands greater responsibility.
Lastly, if 'viability' is the determining factor of constitutional protection and not life itself, then two troubling questions arise. 1) When does life begin to have value? 2) Who gets to decide this? The continued legalization of abortion not only poses an immediate threat to the lives of the unborn, but to the life of our country itself. If a government can indiscriminately decide who may live and who may not, then no one is truly safe. If the United States can decide that the lives of the unborn can be targeted, then the government can also attack Blacks, Latinos, those born with a mental or physical disability, the old, the young, and any other subcategory of people that the government deems unworthy of 'person-hood' and the constitutional freedoms thereof. If freedom is lost for one, freedom is lost for all. A country that 'deprives any person of life' will not remain a free country. The legalized killing of pre-born children is a crime against humanity and a threat to free society. The taking of an innocent life is not a 'women's health issue' or a 'right' it is a human rights violation. Hence, it is the duty of the American people and of the government to fight for the sanctity of life of ALL human life regardless of developmental stage, gender, ethnicity, race, orientation, religion, disability, or social status or any other factor. Therefore, we ask the American people to stand together in our petition to Congress to begin the process of setting this proposal into action. The American people demand it.
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