Abortion and the 14th Amendment

The movement against abortion is generally construed as activity controlled and sustained by Christians, although there are also deists and secularists that are pro-life as well. Nonetheless, there is validity in the argument that those of the Christian faith are leading the charge, with much of the evidence pointing to the use of Scripture to advocate for the right of the child.  However, there are also professed Christians that are in full support of abortion, primarily when it is addressed as a women’s rights issue versus making it about the child.  
 
Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg (an Episcopalian) has used scripture to indicate that God is ok with abortion, or, at least that scripture can be interpreted that way. He opens the door for different interpretations while deriding evangelicals for “hypocrisy and immorality”. He is a great case study about the use of Scripture to support this debate. However, it becomes even more difficult when in debate with a deist or non-believer. Using scripture with non-believers to fight against abortion is not going to get anywhere.  
 
But, praise God that there is an avenue from the perspective of our founding fathers, contained within the constitution itself. They laid forth a path that allows our great nation to make amendments and changes to the constitution while also placing restrictions on what can be done.  This is what led us to the 14th Amendment.  
 
However, before we get there, allow me an opportunity to share something that many are not aware of in regards to the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.  
 
In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion on demand was a “legal right” for women across the country.  To clear up a misconception or incorrect interpretation, the Supreme Court DID NOT declare in Roe v. Wade that abortion itself is a constitutional right. The Supreme Court ruling left room for Congress to pass a “Life at Conception Act”.
 
A Life at Conception Act declares that unborn children are “persons” as defined by the 14th Amendment. A “person” is entitled to legal protection.  
 
In 1973,  the Supreme Court admitted that there was one thing that would cause the case for legal abortion to collapse. This is not a biblical thing, it is an admission of the limitation of science of that time.  
 
“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”.  
 
“If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case (Roe], of course, collapses, for the fetus right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the 14th Amendment.”  
 
The 14th Amendment 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 law.” The Life at Conception Act would force Congressional support of the 14th Amendment when it comes to the unborn:  
 
“Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”  
 
Science today is proving, unequivocally, that an unborn baby is alive. Some states have passed legislation restriction abortions once there is a recognizable heart beat.  But, this is not far enough when it comes to protecting the rights of the unborn. Many believe, as do we, that life begins at conception.   There are two bills in front of both the House and the Senate indicating that life begins at conception – referred to as the “Life at Conception Act”.  
 
  1. The House version of the “Life at Conception Act (HR 616)” can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/616/text
  2. The Senate version of the “Life at Conception Act (S. 159)” can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/159

 

The National Pro-Life Alliance has created a petition in support of these bills and is asking that anyone and everyone sign a petition in support of the Life Act. The link to this petition follows: http://nationalprolifealliance.com/lacv_petition.aspx?

 

This group has a goal of one million signatures. If achieved, this petition will add significant weight to the bill when it is put up for a vote in Congress. Would you be willing to add your voice to this petition?

 

References:

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/pete-buttigieg-defends-abortion-suggests-bible-says-life-begins-with-breath/

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/616

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/159

http://nationalprolifealliance.com/lacv_petition.aspx?