'Personhood' proposed to correct inadvertent error

Monday, January 20, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnancy ultrasoundAnother state is moving to pass a constitutional amendment to declare pre-born babies human beings.

Pro-life groups in Wisconsin are backing the state legislature's move to allow voters to decide the amendment. Matt Sande of Pro-Life Wisconsin tells OneNewsNow the problem is with the Wisconsin Constitution.

"In the Declaration of Rights of our state Constitution, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness only applies to the born human being," Sande explains. "There is nothing nefarious in this; our founders were not contemplating legal child killing 150 years ago. But from a pro-life perspective, it is an error."

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The Kansas and Iowa Supreme Courts have found a right to abortion in their state constitutions, but since such a thing does not exist, both states are scrambling to amend their constitutions to take the issue out of the hands of the courts. As for Wisconsin, state legislators are trying to pass what is called a personhood amendment.

"What it does is it simply strikes the word 'born' and adds a personhood definition which reads as follows: As applied to the right to life, the term 'persons' shall apply to every human at every stage of development, born or unborn," Sande reports.

If Wisconsin's amendment is approved, then the task of legislating abortion will be strictly in the hands of lawmakers, not the courts. That means any pro-life laws on the books would be protected from the courts.

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