Monday, January 24, 2011

Rand Paul Consponsors Life at Conception Act

One of the best kept secrets in politics is that it never did require a constitutional amendment to protect the rights of the unborn. Nor did it require a majority of justices willing to completely overturn the judicial atrocity that is Roe v. Wade. Rather, all it took to protect the unborn and greatly curtail abortion in this country was a simple piece of legislation that would be passed into law like any of the other thousands of federal laws on the books. The abortion issue is used as a political football that both parties have shamelessly used to fire up their bases for a long time. They wanted the issue kept alive, not resolved.

The 14th amendment already empowers Congress to determine who a "person" is under that amendment. If Congress simply recognized the personhood of unborn babies then they could not be deprived of life without "due process of law." Presumably this would mean a legal hearing to determine if there was legal justification to take an innocent life before an abortion could be legally performed. While many judges are so determined to advance the slaughter of the innocents that they would doubtless rule there was "justification" for almost any reason, the very fact that an explanation in court was needed would, IMHO, reduce abortions to a tiny fraction of the current level of over 1 million per year.

Like I said, the leadership of the "pro-life" GOP, and even the NRTL, have known this for years. They knew it when they had the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. They just did not want to act on it. Congressman Ron Paul has previously sponsored legislation recognizing the unborn as persons under the 14th amendment. Those bills have never seen the light of day. Now his son Rand Paul is a new Senator from Kentucky. Rand Paul is co-sponsoring a similar bill, and it's a lot harder for a Senator's priorities to be buried in committee.

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