Legislatively Overturning Roe v. Wade with a Life at Conception Act (H.R. 1011, H.R. 877, S. 99)
A Frontal Assault on Roe v. Wade’s Protection of Abortion-on-Demand
For forty-eight years, nine unelected men and women on the Supreme Court have played God with innocent human life.
The result has been a brutal holocaust that has claimed the lives of more than 62 million innocent and helpless unborn children in America.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling forced abortion-on-demand down our nation’s throat.
As a result, many pro-lifers resigned themselves to protecting a life here and there — passing laws which slightly regulate abortion in the most outrageous cases. Others tiptoed around the Supreme Court, hoping they wouldn’t be offended.
Life at Conception Act Follows the High Court’s Instructions by Defining When Life Begins
Now the time to grovel before the Supreme Court is over.
Working from what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe, pro-life lawmakers can pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion by using the Constitution instead of amending it.
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.”
Life at Conception Act Would Dismantle Roe Using the Supreme Court’s Own Language
Then the High Court made a key admission:
“If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case [i.e. “Roe” who sought the abortion], of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”
That’s exactly what a Life at Conception Act would do.
A Life at Conception Act changes the focus of the abortion debate. It takes the Supreme Court out of the equation and places responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the elected representatives who, unlike life-term judges, must respond to grass-roots pressure.
National Pro-Life Alliance members have led the fight to end abortion-on-demand by passing a Life at Conception Act. They have generated over 3 million petitions to Congress to date urging lawmakers to cosponsor and fight for passage of a Life at Conception Act.
Fight to Overturn Roe v. Wade Heats Up in Congress
Those continued efforts have led to ever-increasing support for a Life at Conception Act in Congress. In each of the the last three Congresses, the Life at Conception Act has garnered new record numbers of House and Senate cosponsors.
Once again in the 117th Congress, NPLA members will continue to hold the politicians accountable and ultimately push for up or down votes on a Life at Conception Act.
Behind the Life at Conception Act bills in the U.S. House are Congressman Alex Mooney (R-WV) and Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA), alongside Senator Rand Paul in the U.S. Senate.
Pro-lifers are urged to call (202) 224-3121 and insist that their Congressmen and Senators cosponsor the Life at Conception Act.
Life at Conception Act Enjoys Support From Prominent Lawmakers and Legal Experts
In the aftermath of Roe v. Wade, Congressman Henry Hyde, Senator Jesse Helms, and Notre Dame Law Professor Charles Rice all called for legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. President Ronald Reagan wrote in support of this “Human Life Bill” citing the author of the 14th Amendment as his authority.
Today the same method to overturn Roe is advocated by Princeton Law Professor Robert George and the Republican Party platform.