May 23, 2014. Washington. The Federal Reserve was created when a handful of Congressmen quietly assembled over the 1913 Christmas break and voted for the Bill. The national assault weapons ban disappeared overnight in 2004 when Congress unknowingly repealed the law. And last year the Monsanto Protection Act was secretly added to an unrelated Bill via scribbles on a sticky note, and presto, Monsanto is exempt from prosecution forever. Now, a ban on all abortions is coming close to happening the same way.
Support is mounting for Personhood laws that would automatically outlaw all abortions and many popular birth control methods. Image courtesy of UPI.
HR 1091 is titled, ‘Life at Conception Act’. If enacted into law by Congress, the federal government would officially recognize the beginning of “life” at the moment of conception rather than the long-time standard of life beginning when a baby is 100% outside the mother’s body. The Bill was introduced in 2013 by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and it is quietly picking up support and co-sponsors. With the 2016 GOP Presidential frontrunner a staunch supporter, and Republicans set to control both the House and Senate, a universal ban on abortion is a very likely near-term outcome.
HR 1091 - Life at Conception Act
Both supporters and opponents of the Bill confirm that if passed into law, the ‘Life at Conception Act’ would immediately ban all abortions and the most popular form of birth control. Since the Supreme Court reaffirmed a woman’s right to have an abortion, pro-life activists have decided to change the definition of “life” rather than continue trying to outlaw abortion. Because in the end, both actions have the same result.
The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees every American’s right to life. The Amendment states, in part, that the government cannot, ‘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 law.’ If Congress passes the Life at Conception Act, the law would recognize every fetus, and every fertilized egg, a ‘person’. And just like that, abortion would be outlawed.
The Bill’s description on the Congressional website reads, ‘Life at Conception Act - Declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being beginning at the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual comes into being. Prohibits construing this Act to authorize the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child.’
So far, the Bill has 130 House co-sponsors. They come from 39 different states and are all Republicans except one, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN). Illustrating that the Bill is slowly gaining momentum, the most recent two co-sponsors just signed on four days ago. They are Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Rep. David Jolly (R-FL). Currently, the legislation is bogged down in the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. But with Republican control of the House of Representatives all but guaranteed for the next few years, the Subcommittee could move the Bill forward at lightning speed if desired.
The Bill’s supporters
Showing that the Bill’s proponents aren’t sitting still and are actively moving forward behind the scenes, it was only a couple weeks ago that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) teamed up with the National Pro-Life Alliance. The frontrunner for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination reached out to countless Americans from his own personal ProLifeAlliance.org email account.
“For over forty years, nine unelected men and women on the Supreme Court have played God with innocent human life. They have invented laws that condemned to painful deaths without trial more than fifty-six million babies for the crime of being inconvenient,” Sen. Rand Paul told supporters last month, “Now, the time to grovel before the Supreme Court is over. Working from what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, pro-life lawmakers can pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion using the Constitution instead of amending it.”
The Senator goes on to ask people to sign the National Pro-Life Alliance petition, which calls on all US Senators and US Representatives to pass the Life at Conception Act. The group promises to collect 1,000,000 petition signatures to present to Congress, hoping it will urge individual legislators to support the Bill. While there’s no indication of how many signatures the petition has garnered so far, the organization’s Facebook Page has 323,000 members, with probably an equal number of offline members as well.
With the online petition in support of HR 1091 is a letter from Sen. Rand Paul. It reads in part, ‘The Supreme Court itself admitted in Roe that once Congress establishes the personhood of unborn children, they must be protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which explicitly says: “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property.”’
The Bill’s opponents
In an article arguing against the Life at Conception Act, The Individualist Feminist reminded its readers that, ’30-70 percent of fertilized eggs spontaneously fail to implant within the uterine cavity.’ They go on to ask, ‘What would be the unintended consequence of giving personhood to fertilized eggs, especially those that never implant?’ The authors also ask what would happen to the most common forms of birth control, like the pill, which purposely prevent a fertilized egg from taking hold.
The feminist pro-choice outlet points out that if the Bill is passed into law, abortion and the pill would be outlawed, but America would instantly have hundreds of millions of dead babies due only to the natural functions of a woman’s body expelling fertilized eggs, and the government’s recognition of those eggs as ‘persons’.
The authors go on to humorously ask Senator Paul directly, ‘Here are a few questions I have for Sen. Paul about the implications of defining life at conception: Can we legally drink at 20 years and 3 months old? Do we no longer celebrate birthdays but instead Conception-days? If I'm pregnant, can I get on the 2-person HOV lane? Can I collect social security earlier? Will a "dependent embryo" be tax deductible? Does the age of consent go down? If this bill is to “guarantee life to all Americans”, wouldn't the death penalty and warfare be outlawed as well?’
Regardless of which side of the debate readers are on, it’s apparent that the pro-life forces have put together a strategy that is not only gaining momentum, but could be far more successful than the decades of attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade. And if the pendulum of American politics swings back into the Republicans’ corner as it always does eventually, and looks like it may do again this year and in 2016, America may wake up one day two years from now to hear from their morning news that all abortions are now illegal.
That’s how the national assault weapons ban vanished and the Monsanto Protection Act was enacted. With abortion being such a hot-button issue, quickly and quietly banning it with the signature of a sympathetic President like Rand Paul, is exactly how it would happen.
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