Senator and CPAC straw poll winner Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the “Life at Conception Act” on Thursday afternoon. He then went to Twitter and tweeted the following:
Introduced Life at Conception Act. The right to life is guaranteed to all Americans & I plan to ensure this is upheld paul.senate.gov/files/documentâ€¦
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) March 15, 2013
According to Senator Paul, S 583 “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.”
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,” Sen. Paul said. “The right to life is guaranteed to all Americans in the Declaration of Independence and ensuring this is upheld is the Constitutional duty of all Members of Congress.”
The substance of the bill reads,
“To implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person, and pursuant to the duty and authority of the Congress, including Congress’ power under article I, section 8, to make necessary and proper laws, and Congress’ power under section 5 of the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Congress hereby declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child.”
It also goes on to define the terms “human person” and “human being” as “each member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.” Yes, it sounds silly that we actually have to go about defining what is meant by these terms, but it is a result of the corruption of our society and devolving into not thinking that the child that grows within the womb is not a human, but merely a blob of tissue.
Additionally, Senator Paul also introduced the Accountability in Grants Act on Thursday as well, which “would remove the authority of the EPA under Section 103 to award money to programs or activities that take place outside of the U.S. This bill would also prevent grant applicants in the U.S. from sub-granting awards to activities or organizations outside of America.”
“At a time when our economy is struggling, we cannot afford to spend millions in taxpayer dollars for these projects,” Sen. Paul said. “With a $16 trillion debt, we need to ensure accountability for taxpayer dollars at every level and this bill would be a step in that direction.”
Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) has introduced similar legislation in the House.
This would be a major step forward, for if this legislation were to pass, then it would most certainly be a defining moment on the abortion issue. Life is given by God and as such should be protected, especially among the most vulnerable among us.
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