by Steven Ertelt
November 14, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Every year in Congress, pro-life members introduce legislation to enshrine legal protection for unborn children into federal law. Though the bills don’t have enough votes and can’t be considered constitutional until the Supreme Court is pro-life, they’re an important reminder of the long-term goals of the pro-life movement.
Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ron Paul of Texas frequently introduced bills that would provide Constitutional protection for unborn children.
Now, Georgia Congressman Paul Broun is the latest to do so.
On Wednesday, Broun announced the introduction of the “Sanctity of Human Life Act," legislation which declares that human life begins at fertilization and is vested at that time with a Constitutionally protected right to life.
Congressman Broun had promised members of his district that the first bill he would introduce in the House would promote pro-life values.
“The right to life is our most important fundamental right, and it should be defended vigorously and absolutely,” Broun told LifeNews.com.
"From a medical and scientific basis, there is no doubt that human life begins at fertilization," the lawmaker added. "My legislation would ensure that, as a matter of law, unborn children are correctly determined to be ‘persons’ and are provided Constitutional protections under the 14th Amendment.”
Under his legislation, “the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person."
Congressman Broun’s legislation, H.R. 4157, has 39 original cosponsors, including Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX).
The measure is similar to a "paramount human life amendment" bill that members of the Georgia state legislature have introduced.