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life begins at conception and ends at natural death, will succeed.

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2013 Legislative Report

In his 1986 book entitled "50 Questions on Abortion, Euthanasia and Related Issues,” Professor Charles E. Rice comments on a landmark turn of events in the history of the pro-life movement. It happened in 1981 after eight years of growth and progress toward "restoration of the principle that all human beings are persons entitled under the Constitution to the right to live.” Professor Rice records that there were not yet sufficient votes in the federal legislature for "any constitutional amendment restricting abortion.” Instead, Senator Jesse Helms (R, NC) and Rep. Henry Hyde (R, IL) introduced the Human Life Bill.


Says Professor Rice:

The HLB would have used Congress' power to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment to define, as a matter of law, that all human beings are persons from conception. Unlike a constitutional amendment, the HLB required only a majority vote in each house. President Reagan, newly elected in the 1980 landslide, was on record as supporting it. The HLB had momentum and there was a strong prospect that it could be enacted.


Here, however, is where the movement's history takes a decisive turn. Lobbyists claiming to represent the pro-life movement refused to support the HLB and instead supported a proposed constitutional amendment that "was a repudiation of the personhood concept through which the pro-life movement had achieved increasing success.” Although the amendment did not pass, the "controversy split the pro-life movement.” Professor Rice opined that part of the movement "will be likely to busy itself with endless efforts, in state legislatures and in courts, to restrict abortion but only to whatever extent might be permitted by the Supreme Court. The goal of restoring personhood to the unborn child will be quietly abandoned."


In the 27 years since that book was written, a litany of intended restrictions have been enacted by Kansas legislators trying to stay within limits permitted by the Supreme Court:  limiting taxpayer subsidy for post-implantation killing of preborn babies to purported cases of rape, incest, and pregnancy endangering the mother's life; limiting killing of preborn babies late in their fetal lives to purported cases of pregnancy causing substantial irreversible impairment of maternal bodily health; limiting killing of partially born babies to purported cases of pregnancy endangering the mother's life; requiring information offerings both to mothers considering post-implantation abortions and to the public; criminalization of violence against the unborn other than acts of violence performed or procured by the mother; diminished funding for Planned Parenthood; limiting killing of babies statutorily designated as pain capable to purported cases of pregnancy causing substantial irreversible impairment of maternal bodily health; requiring that parents or a judge approve a minor's request to have her baby killed after implantation; licensing baby killing facilities; prohibiting the killing of preborn babies for purposes of gender selection.


As Professor Rice comments, it is pointless to disparage those who think it a matter of being practical "to accept some legalized abortion while trying to save some lives by enacting piecemeal protections.” We do, however, also agree with the professor when he writes that this allegedly practical approach is "not only wrong but futile and so is any pro-life movement which engages in such bargaining and brokering with the right to life... Abortion and euthanasia involve an ultimately religious choice as to who is in charge, God or man,” and the pro-life movement "should seek nothing less than the conversion of the American people to belief in God and to obedience to His law.”  CLICK HERE FOR ACTION ITEM LINKS.