Personhood needed to fix 'flaw' in The Badger State
Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 11/11/2011
A Wisconsin representative expects the personhood amendment campaign launched in his state to stir up some much-needed debate as the legislature decides whether it deserves a place on a future ballot.
Representative Andre Jacque (R) introduced the bill that would amend the state constitution to apply personhood rights to unborn children by declaring that life begins at conception. He deems the amendment minimal, but absolutely essential.
"It's actually a flaw in our current constitution where you have to be born in order to access inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," he contends. "So this takes away the ability for some future activist state Supreme Court to basically overturn the pre-Roe v. Wade
anti-abortion restriction that we have on the books."
Though he anticipates strong opposition from the abortion industry, he points out that the greatest resistance has come from Wisconsin Right to Life, which labels his efforts as a threat to the protection of Wisconsin's unborn children.
Jacque also warns that the changing the makeup of the Wisconsin Legislature could jeopardize any pro-life laws, though he does not think the protection of the pre-born should rely upon which party is in control. Regardless, the Green Bay representative expects hot debate over the proposal, and he says it is a discussion that should absolutely take place.
"It is something that we certainly need to start from that position of strength -- that principle of life beginning at conception. And I think that really is a way to re-phrase the current abortion debate in a way that ... recognizes humanity from its very beginning," he concludes.
The measure must pass both houses in two consecutive sessions before it can go on the ballot, so the bill's introducer is urging citizens to contact their representatives and urge them to co-sponsor LRB 2859/1 -- the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment.
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