Southerland Cosponsored Legislation To Extend 14th Amendment Rights To “Each Born And Preborn Human Person.”

According to a Rep. Jim Jordan press release that was obtained via Targeted News Service, “Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has introduced legislation (H.R. 1091) 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.’ The bill was introduced on March 12 and has 47 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include…Steve Southerland, R-Fla.” [Targeted News Service, 3/15/13]

  • Applying The 14th Amendment’s Protections To A Fetus Would Mean That Women Who Get Abortions Would Be Prosecuted For Murder. According to an opinion by Michael Kinsley, “If the 14th Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children, this essentially means that the government cannot discriminate between the born and the unborn — that is, between you and a fetus. It certainly cannot allow a fetus to be killed just because it is the result of rape. In fact, if a fetus is a ‘person’ entitled to ‘equal protection of the laws,’ the state would have to prosecute a woman for obtaining an abortion exactly as it would prosecute a mother who murdered her young children. That’s equal protection of the laws. States that allow capital punishment, in which a woman who procured and paid money to hire a killer to murder her children could be executed, would have to follow the same policy regarding a woman who procured and paid for an abortion.” [Bloomberg, 8/30/12]
  • Applying The 14th Amendment To Abortions “Could Even Threaten Birth Control.” According to an opinion by Andrew Rosenthal, “On abortion, CNN reported, the draft puts the party squarely in the ranks of the most extreme positions taken by anti-abortion activists. It calls not just for a ‘human life amendment to the Constitution’ but also for legislation ‘to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.’ That would effectively erase any right women have to make their own decisions about their reproductive lives and health – and, depending on how lawmakers phrase the proposed amendment, could threaten even birth control.” [New York Times, 8/21/12]