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Monday, February 16, 2009

H.R. 881: Right to Life Act Introduced by Duncan Hunter

US Representative Duncan Hunter (CA-52) has introduced HR 881: The Right to Life Act, and the bill has 45 cosponsors, among them Representative Patrick McHenry (NC-10).

According to GovTrack, the bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee.


Here is the full text as introduced (per Thomas):

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 881

To implement equal protection under the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 4, 2009

Mr. HUNTER (for himself, Mr. HOEKSTRA, Mrs. SCHMIDT, Mr. BISHOP of Utah, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr. BROUN of Georgia, Mr. BACHUS, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky, Mr. EHLERS, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr. RADANOVICH, Mr. INGLIS, Mr. JORDAN of Ohio, Mr. FORTENBERRY, Mr. JOHNSON of Illinois, Mr. MCCAUL, Mr. ROGERS of Alabama, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. GINGREY of Georgia, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. CARTER, Mr. SHIMKUS, Mr. SULLIVAN, Mr. MARCHANT, Mrs. BACHMANN, Mr. TERRY, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. LATTA, Mr. WAMP, Mr. MCHENRY, Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky, Mr. GARY G. MILLER of California, Mr. BARTLETT, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. SCALISE, Mr. SOUDER, Mr. FORBES, Mr. ROONEY, Mr. PITTS, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. WESTMORELAND, and Mr. COLE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To implement equal protection under the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person.

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 `Right to Life Act'.

SEC. 2. RIGHT TO LIFE.

To implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person, and pursuant to the duty and authority of the Congress, including Congress' power under article I, section 8, to make necessary and proper laws, and Congress' 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. However, nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

For purposes of this Act:

(1) HUMAN PERSON; HUMAN BEING- The terms `human person' and `human being' include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.

(2) STATE- 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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