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Personhood USA Petitions GOP Candidates to Follow Reagan’s Lead on Personhood; Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich Sign First-of-its-kind Personhood Pledge
ARVADA, Colo., Dec. 14, 2011 -- Personhood USA has unveiled a detailed and unique pledge declaring a commitment to advance the personhood rights of every human being, born and preborn. Ahead of the nation’s first presidential caucus in Iowa, Personhood USA is asking the Republican candidates to sign the pledge and declaration.
“I ____________ proclaim that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, and is endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right to life,” it reads.
So far, candidates who have returned the pledge with their signatures include Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
"This pledge is the most basic articulation of the unalienable right to life," said syndicated radio host Steve Deace, whose influence in the Iowa Caucuses has been highlighted by numerous national media outlets. ”Pro-life voters should consider who has a position on the sanctity of life and who has a conviction on the sanctity of life by the way the candidates respond to this pledge. As a pro-life voter, I know that I won't vote for anyone on January 3rd that hasn't signed this pledge."
Candidates who sign the pledge are aligning themselves with President Ronald Reagan who declared “the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death” in his January 1988 Personhood Proclamation.
When asked about the pledge, former Presidential candidate and Iowa Caucus winner Mike Huckabee stated: “Believing that every human life, unborn and born, has intrinsic worth and equal value is the underpinning of our nation's moral core. As one who lived through the Jim Crow laws of the South and saw how people of color were treated as ‘less’ I am encouraged that the Personhood movement is reminding us that all people are deserving of the protections afforded us as human beings. We should never ask people to determine if one person is ‘more’ valuable than another because of wealth, appearance, IQ, ancestry, ethnic origin, or physical capacity. Attempts to dismiss the concept of Personhood will eventually be met with common sense and common decency. Until then, we must continue to speak out boldly for the rights of all to enjoy ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’"
Signers also affirm their support for “a human life amendment to the Constitution” and “endorse legislation to make it clear that 14th Amendment protections apply to unborn children.” Both are positions listed in the Republican Party Platform.
“There has been much speculation as to the candidate’s positions this election cycle,” said Personhood USA Legal Analyst Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D. “This is an opportunity for the candidates to demonstrate their conviction as a President who will uphold the right to life of every person no matter their age or the circumstances of their creation.”
Personhood USA is a grassroots Christian organization founded to establish personhood efforts across America to create protection for every child by love and by law. Personhood USA is committed to assisting and supporting Personhood Legislation and Constitutional Amendments and building local pro-life organizations through raising awareness of the personhood of the preborn.