THURSDAY
January 6, 2000
volume 11, no. 4

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THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE ACT OF 2000

White ribbon campaign to show your support for pro-life

    The EagleCross Alliance is preparing to send the below legislative proposal to every pro-life member of the House and Senate. A list of other individuals, churches and organizations that support this proposal will be included. Those who would like to add their name to the list are invited and encouraged. They are also asking everyone to email friends, associates, and email lists, and encourage pastors and fellow parishioners to add their names.

    To add your name to the list as a committed, dedicated pro-lifer, you can visit their Constitutional Right To Life page at www.eaglecross.net and complete the form on that page. The whole intent of the bill is to protect the right to life of each born and preborn human person in existence at fertilization.

    The EagleCross Alliance and other individuals, churches and organizations are proposing the following bill to be introduced in the Congress which would be a a bill to protect the right to life of each born and preborn human person in existence at fertilization. The bill reads as follows:

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 `The Constitutional Right to Life Act of 2000'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that-

(1) we, as a Nation, have declared that the unalienable right to life endowed by Our Creator is guaranteed by our Constitution for each human person;

(2) the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution states that no State shall 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;

(3) the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;

(4) a human father and mother beget a human offspring when the father's sperm fertilizes the mother's ovum, and the life of each preborn human person begins at fertilization;

(5) there is no justification for any Federal, State, or private action intentionally to kill an innocent born or preborn human person, and that Federal, State, and private action must assure equal care and protection for the right to life of both a pregnant mother and her preborn child in existence at fertilization;

(6) Americans and our society suffer from the evils of killing even one innocent born or preborn human person, and each year suffer the torture and slaughter of an estimated 1,500,000 preborn persons;

(7) the violence of intentionally killing a preborn human person has provoked more violence, carnage, and conflict reaching into homes, schools, churches, workplaces and lives of Americans;

(8) the sanctioning of abortion in America sends a message to our nation 's youth that human life is not sacred, and this message is largely to blame for the recent outbreaks of casual violence and killings committed by children;

(9) the Supreme Court has no legislative authority, but can only render an opinion, and that opinion does not undermine the laws of God or even the Constitution of the United States;

(10) the Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 at 159), stated: `We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins . . . the judiciary at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer. . .';

(11) the Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 at 156-157), stated: `If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment. . .';

(12) the Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade stated that the privacy right is not absolute, and stated (410 U.S. 113, at 159) that: `The pregnant woman cannot be isolated in her privacy. She carries an embryo and, later, a fetus. . . . The woman's privacy is no longer sole and any right of privacy she possesses must be measured accordingly.';

(13) Roe v. Wade is not a law, it is a court decision. Since it was rendered by a court (in this case the Supreme Court) and not the Congress, it can not be a law at all, even less the "law of the land." It is a court decision that, at most, is only binding on the parties of that single court case. SEC. 3. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE.
Upon the basis of these findings and in the exercise of duty, authority, and powers of the Congress, including its power under Article I, Section 8, to make necessary and proper laws, and including its 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 at fertilization.

SEC. 4. DEFINITION OF STATE.
For the purposes of this Act, 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.

          

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