Last night, an extreme piece of anti-choice legislation went down in flames in Mississippi. Yes, Mississippi, that bastion of endless liberalism…
Well, in the wake of that, it was brought to my attention that two of our do nothing Congressmen signed on to a federal version with similar language, the “Life at Conception Act”. Click the link and scroll through the names of cosponsors and you’ll find two Arkansas Republicans, both of which haven’t done a thing to create jobs or get the economy back on track I might add, listed among the names of the anti-women legislators-Rick Crawford of AR-01 and Steve Womack of AR-03. The bill’s language is very close to that of what was just rejected in Mississippi:
To implement equal protection under the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘Life at Conception Act’.
SEC. 2. RIGHT TO LIFE.
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. However, nothing in this Act shall be construed to require the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
For purposes of this Act:
(1) HUMAN PERSON; HUMAN BEING- The terms ‘human person’ and ‘human being’ include each and every 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.
(2) STATE- The term ‘State’ used in the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States and other applicable provisions of the Constitution includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and each other territory or possession of the United States.
That near identical language from the Mississippi initiative would have left doctors unable to save the lives of women in need, restricted in vitro fertilization to the point that it would be far less effective and more dangerous to undergo, and would have banned birth control. This stuff was too extreme for Mississippi…Mississippi! Yet here our Republican congressmen that shouted “jobs, jobs, jobs” last year seem intent on pushing this extreme and dangerous measure, even in far less radically conservative states and across the country.