On Thursday, Sen. Paul introduced S.583, a bill that would implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment for the right to life of each born and unborn human. This legislation 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."
Friday, March 15, 2013
Rand Paul Introduces "Life at Conception Act"
Senator Rand Paul seems to be trying to do a balancing act here. Right after saying wants to get government out of the marriage business (which could offend some social conservatives who are vehemently opposed to gay marriage), he sponsors a bill to declare that life begins at conception, which social conservatives would surely like. Let's hope the strategy works though it is difficult to be all things to all people. You just can't please all of the people all of the time: