The North Dakota House of Representatives has passed the first personhood amendment in the United States, 57-35. Read more
Eric Eckholm at the NY Times reports that
The Harris County district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it would investigate charges that a Houston doctor had delivered live babies during third-trimester abortions and killed them after they emerged...
Women come to the clinic for a dead baby and a dead baby is what they're going to get.Thank you, Operation Rescue for exposing the murder that is abortion.
Texas Representative Jeff Leach and Montana Representative Cary Smith have introduced bills which would disallow groups that commit abortion to teach sex education in state schools. These bills look like reasonable incremental steps to disempowering Planned Parenthood.
What’s nice about both bills is that they don’t suggest that abortion is in any way legitimate. Here’s the meat of the Texas bill (HB 1057):
An entity or individual that performs abortions or an affiliate of an entity or individual that performs abortions may not provide human sexuality or family planning instruction or instructional materials for use in human sexuality or family planning instruction in a public school.
The Montana bill (HB 239) drops the bomb at end of a long run-on sentence (Hey, it's worth the wait):
A school district or its personnel or agents may not permit a person, entity, or any affiliate or agent of the person or entity to offer, sponsor, or furnish in any manner any course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases to its students or personnel if the person, entity, or affiliate or agent of the person or entity is a provider of abortion services.
I have a problem with calling baby-killing a “service”. I guess slave traders were supplying a “service” to plantation owners too. Besides that, the bills look pretty good.
According to the Texas Tribune, a Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill to give tax breaks to businesses that refuse to comply with the Obamacare mandate on “contraception”. That’s great news for anyone who believes in freedom from unconstitutional and stupid federal mandates. It’s also good news to people who believe in human rights because one of the mandated drugs Ella is abortifacient.
Kudos to Texas House Rep. Jonathan Stickland. Hopefully, his bill passes.
The subcommittee of the Iowa House approved the personhood bill at a 2:1 vote, sending it to the full committee for the next vote in the near future. The Iowa personhood bill, like all personhood efforts, will recognize the value and dignity of every single human being, protecting every child by law.
In North Dakota, The Defense of Human Life Act, HB 1450, passed in the North Dakota House with an overwhelming majority of 68 – 25. Introduced by Representative Dan Ruby, the text defines: “Human being” as an individual member of the species homo sapiens at every stage of development.”
“The Personhood movement is growing rapidly, and we expect victory in every state. Personhood USA is in it to end it, and as we continue to see new personhood amendments and legislation, we are witnessing a historical movement to finally end the destruction of human lives and to protect women and children at all stages of life,” stated Keith Mason, co-founder of Personhood USA.
Montana introduced a personhood amendment, recognizing the rights of all human beings, no matter their size, seeking to make Montana safer for women and children. Introduced by Representative Wendy Warburton, the Montana legislature heard moving testimony from Rebecca Kiessling, a woman conceived in rape. Rebecca’s testimony includes, “ I may not look the same as I did when I was four years old or four days old yet unborn in my mother’s womb, but that was still undeniably me and I would have been killed through a brutal abortion.”
Texas has introduced HB 1109, which amends the Texas Health and Safety Code by recognizing that preborn children have “the rights, protections, and privileges accorded to any other person in this state.”
Oklahoma has also introduced a Personhood Amendment, introduced by Representative Blackwell and Representative Vaughan, which recognizes the personhood rights of all human beings. “Protecting everyone, including the preborn, is consistent with the vision of our Founding Fathers,” stated Representative Blackwell.
Welcome to all who love life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! I thought I would start this blog off with a letter I sent to Texas Governor Rick Perry the day before yesterday. I encourage everyone to send their own letter (and feel free to plagiarize from mine). The more letters we send, the better the chance that Governor Perry will actually see one of them himself…
December 22, 2009
Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
PO Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711-2428
RE: Unconstitutional Texas Law
Dear Governor Perry:
As a citizen of the great State of Texas, I am writing to you today to express my grave concern about sections of the current Texas Penal Code that are in plain violation of the Constitution of the United States.
According to Tex. Penal Code §1.07, a “Person” “means an individual, corporation, or association.” (Tex. Penal Code §1.07.38) An “individual” (the term used in the definition of “Person”) “means a human being who is alive, including an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.” (Tex. Penal Code §1.07.26)
Chapter 19 of the Texas Penal Code deals with the crimes of criminal homicide. Tex. Penal Code §19.02 plainly states that a person commits the offense of murder if he “intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual.”
The definition of individual was put into the Code by the 2003 Prenatal Protection Act, designed to protect pregnant women from violent acts that might result in the harm of their unborn children. Governor Perry, you signed this act into law which was an important step in protecting the rights of infants in the womb. Unfortunately, that same act also created Tex. Penal Code §19.06, which states, in part, that:
This chapter [the chapter defining criminal homicide] does not apply to the death of an unborn child if the conduct charged is:
(1) conduct committed by the mother of the unborn child;
(2) a lawful medical procedure performed by a physician or other licensed health care provider with the requisite consent, if the death of the unborn child was the intended result of the procedure;
After reading these sections of the code, I can only come to the conclusion that unborn children are defined as persons according to the law, and yet, this same Texas code makes an exception as to the rights and protection of these persons. Thus, current state law fails to protect the unalienable right to life, as described in the Declaration of Independence, of these unborn children.
Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution says, in part, that “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 current Texas code, specifically §19.06, is in clear violation of the last two clauses of Amendment Fourteen as it allows for the deprivation of life without due process of law, and it denies these certain persons “within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Even the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision claimed that: “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment.” As of 2003, Texas law now establishes this suggestion of personhood, so, according to the Roe v. Wade decision, the right to life of unborn children MUST be guaranteed in accordance with the Fourteenth Amendment.
Governor Perry, you swore in your oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State. Your taking of this oath demands that you take immediate and decisive steps to bring Texas law into compliance with the Constitution of the United States and to stop the murder of innocent human life that is taking place in this state.