DeMint Joins Introduction of Life at Conception Act
Would give unborn equal protection for the right to life at conception
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced that he has joined Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Mel Martinez (R-Florida), John Thune (R-South Dakota), David Vitter (R-Louisiana), and George Voinovich (R-Ohio), in sponsoring the Life at Conception Act. The bill declares the unborn to be “human beings” at the moment of conception and provides them with equal protection for the right to life under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“From the moment of conception, a child is created with their own unique genetic code, and it’s time that our laws protect them and their right to life,” Senator DeMint said. “Roe v. Wade left the question of defining a ‘human being’ open to the legislative branch. This long-overdue bill provides that definition and recognizes what science has shown and what most Americans believe: that a human life begins at conception. The unborn are individual human beings and entitled to constitutional equal protection for the right to life under the 14th Amendment.”
In its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court refused to resolve the question of when life begins, leaving Congress to define it legislatively. The Court acknowledged that “if this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case [i.e., “Roe”], of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”