WASHINGTON, D.C., January 30, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Personhood activists are praising the reintroduction of the “Sanctity of Human Life Act,” a no-exceptions pro-life bill, in the U.S. House.
Introduced one day before the March for Life, the “Sanctity of Human Life Act,” or H.R. 426, would grant full legal protection to all unborn children. Thirteen cosponsors have joined Rep. Jody Hice, R-GA, in supporting the bill, which is the personhood movement's preferred choice for federal legislation.
Hice, who replaced former congressman and pro-life legislator Paul Broun, said last week in a statement that “this is the most conservative piece of pro-life legislation introduced so far in this Congress.” The bill has been introduced for at least two decades in various forms, including the “Life at Conception Act,” which was brought to the Senate on March 14, 2013 by Senator Rand Paul, R-KY.
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Personhood amendments have been introduced at the state level in several states already this year, including in South Carolina and New Hampshire, both states where personhood advocates see potential for success in their efforts to legally define human life as beginning at conception.
Both states are also key presidential primary states. Personhood USA president Keith Mason said in a statement yesterday, “If any Republican candidate expects to win these states, they must acknowledge that the grassroots base is fully supportive of personhood for all.”
While H.R. 426 has little chance of becoming law, supporters say its introduction is an opportunity for Congress to have a real debate on protecting all unborn life.