North Dakota First State to Pass Personhood Amendment
Many people believe that the pro-life movement is just about abortion, but there is so much more to it than that. If you believe that human life begins at conception, then there are other issues that you need to consider. In today’s world of high tech medicine and research, you also have issues such as cloning, animal-human hybrids, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem cell research and eugenics.
This brings the issue down to the legal recognition of human life and when that human life begins. Some say it begins when you can hear the heart beating, but that can vary from individual to individual. Others argue that the unborn is a human when it is developed enough to survive on its own outside the womb. However, that argument falls short since a number of infants are born with life-threatening conditions that can be easily corrected with surgery after being born and others require life-saving procedures into their adult life.
This is where Personhood USA enters the picture. They believe that human life begins at conception and should be protected from that moment on. Planned Parenthood considers Personhood USA one of their major adversaries in the abortion fight. They not only are actively involved in the abortion controversy but in the other issues listed above.
It appears the efforts of Personhood USA have been paying off in North Dakota. Both houses of the state legislature have passed a personhood amendment that will be placed on the 2014 general ballot. The amendment states that human life begins at conception and that from that moment on is protected under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution which states:
“Section 1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. 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.”
To preserved the sanctity of human life between now and the 2014 ballot, both houses of the North Dakota legislature are preparing a bill that would criminalize performing an abortion in their state. Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple has not indicated if he would sign the bills if passed or not.
Hoepfully, Dalrymple will sign the bills when they come across his desk and the Peace Garden State will become a land of peace for unborn humans in the future. If you live in North Dakota, contact your state legislators and Gov. Dalrymple and urge them to pass the bills to criminalize abortion. Then urge all of your family and friends to vote in favor of the amendment when they vote in 2014.