Va. Senate kills 'personhood' anti-abortion bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A bill that would define life as starting at conception is done this year in the Virginia legislature.

With no debate, the Senate voted 24-14 Thursday to send the so-called “personhood” bill back to committee and carry it over to 2013.

Senate Democratic Leader Richard Saslaw of Fairfax County made the motion to shelve the bill and Republican Leader Tommy Norment of James City County supported it, saying more study is needed.

The vote sidetracking the most sweeping of several anti-abortion bills came hours after the Senate Education and Health Committee endorsed it on an 8-7 party-line vote, with Democrats voting against it. The bill passed after an amendment clarifying that no provision in it would restrict the use of federally approved contraception.

At least three times, the committee chairman, Sen. Steve Martin, threatened to have police remove opponents of the bill after they spoke out during debate.

The committee earlier approved a bill requiring pre-abortion external sonograms in which ultrasonic transducers are moved about across the lower abdomen. It was amended to eliminate mandatory ultrasound procedures requiring an invasive probe.

The “personhood” bill would give embryos the full legal protection of personhood and criminalize their destruction, outlawing almost all abortions and, critics say, some forms of contraception. It would take effect only if the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortions is overturned.

usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-23/virginia-personhood-bill-abortion/53228260/1

(my bold italics) If Obama wins re-election, we can almost guarentee that Roe V Wade will not be overturned. We will get more Ginsburgs and Elena Kagans. If Romney, Gingrich or Santorum wins, we have a very good chance at more Scalias, Alitos or Roberts. (not a guarentee, all you ideological purists out there, but a very good chance). There is a difference between the GOP and the Democrat party, especially nationally.

Ishii

FWIW, Senator Rand Paul is circulating this email:

Dear Friend,

For 39 years, nine unelected men and women on the Supreme Court have played God with innocent human life.

They have invented laws that condemned to painful deaths without trial more than 56 million babies for the crime of being “inconvenient.”

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling forced abortion-on-demand down our nation’s throat.

In the past, many in the pro-life movement have felt limited to protecting a life here and there – passing some limited law to slightly control abortion in the more outrageous cases.

But some pro-lifers always seem to tiptoe around the Supreme Court, hoping they won’t be offended.

Now the time to grovel before the Supreme Court is over.

Working from what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, pro-life lawmakers can pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion using the Constitution instead of amending it.

That is why it’s so urgent you sign the petition to your Senators and Congressman that I will link to in a moment.

You see, while the national media has talked a lot about the impact of economic issues on this past election, the untold story is just how well pro-life candidates did.

So it is vital every Member of Congress be put on record.

And your petition will help do just that.

Signing the Life at Conception Act petition will help break through the opposition clinging to abortion-on-demand and get a vote on this life-saving bill to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A Life at Conception Act declares unborn children “persons” as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, entitled to legal protection.

This is the one thing the Supreme Court admitted in Roe v. Wade that would cause the case for legal abortion to “collapse.”

When the Supreme Court handed down its now-infamous Roe v. Wade decision, it did so based on a new, previously undefined “right of privacy” which it “discovered” in so-called “emanations” of “penumbrae” of the Constitution.

Of course, as constitutional law it was a disaster.

But never once did the Supreme Court declare abortion itself to be a constitutional right.

Instead the Supreme Court said:

“We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins . . . the judiciary at this point in the development of man’s knowledge is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”

Then the High Court made a key admission:

“If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case *, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”

The fact is, the 14th Amendment couldn’t be clearer:

“. . . nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.”

Furthermore, the 14th Amendment says:

“Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

That’s exactly what a Life at Conception Act would do.

But this simple, logical and obviously right legislation will not become law without a fight.

nationalprolifealliance.com/rlacd_petition.aspx?pid=asu6&npla=I1AEAM12I*

My Senate p***es me off sometimes. How much more studying do they need to do. Science has laid it out black and white, life begins at conception. The Courts have granted inheritance rights to the unborn, effectively making the unborn “persons” in the eyes of the law.

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