Paul Introduces Bill to Give Unborn Children Constitutional Rights
Sen. Rand Paul has introduced a new bill that will provide unborn children with constitutional rights.
“Only when America chooses, remembers, and restores her respect for life will we rediscover our moral bearings and truly find our way,” he said.
The Hill reports:
Paul’s legislation is expected to be placed on the Senate calendar next week, allowing it to skip over the committee process. The move could allow it to come up for a vote, though no floor time has been scheduled.
Under the 14th Amendment, “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.”
Republicans have pushed for decades to give unborn children constitutional protection, including the issue in their election-year platforms, though some have argued that such a move wouldn’t necessarily mean a blanket ban on abortions.
Paul’s legislation wouldn’t amend the Constitution and wouldn’t “require the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child” or ban the use of birth control.
The proposal comes as thousands of conservative activists are gathering in Washington for the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally.
Paul, separately, slammed his congressional colleagues, saying that they’ve refused “to recognize that the right to life is guaranteed to all Americans — born and unborn.”
“As president, I will fight to protect the unborn from the very moment life begins,” he added in a statement about the rally.
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