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Feb. 14, 2003
"Right to Life Act" Introduced in Congress 
Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) introduced "The Right to Life Act of 2003" on February 5, 2003, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation, H.R. 579, would provide constitutional protection to all unborn children from the moment of conception.

In his introductory statement, Congressman Hunter said in part; "In 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, refused to determine when human life begins and therefore found nothing to indicate that the unborn are persons protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. In the decision, however, the Court did concede that, 'if the suggestion of personhood is established, the appellants’ case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.' Considering Congress has the constitutional authority to uphold the Fourteenth Amendment, coupled by the fact that the Court admitted that if personhood were to be established the unborn would be protected, it can be concluded that we have the authority to determine when life begins."

"The Right to Life Act does what the Supreme Court refused to do in Roe v. Wade and recognizes the personhood of the unborn for the purpose of enforcing four important provisions in the Constitution: (1) Sec. 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibiting states from depriving any person of life; (2) Sec. 5 of the Fourteenth amendment providing Congress the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provision of this Amendment; (3) the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment, which concurrently prohibits the federal government from depriving any person of life; and (4) Article 1, Section 8, giving Congress the power to make laws necessary and proper to enforce all powers in the Constitution.

"This legislation will protect millions of future children by prohibiting any state or federal law that denies the personhood of the unborn, thereby effectively overturning Roe v. Wade. I firmly believe that life begins at conception and that the pre-born child deserves all the rights and protections afforded an American citizen. The Right to Life Act will finally put our unborn children on the same legal footing as all other persons. I hope my colleagues will join me in support of this important effort."

In the strongest terms, we urge every supporter of RNC/Life to get behind H.R. 579 by asking YOUR Representative in Congress to co-sponsor Rep. Hunter’s bill. The Capitol Switchboard number is — 202/224-3121. Ask to be connected to the office of your Representative. If you wish to send a faxed message, you can find your Member’s fax number by visiting our web site at: CongressMerge.com. Calls to the local district office are effective as well. District office numbers are usually found in the business white pages of the telephone book listed in the blue section under U.S. Government Offices under "Congress." Please do not send e-mail messages — they receive too many of them and they are not read in a timely manner. Regular mail is no longer efficient due to security concerns in the Capitol.

Thank you, Congressman Hunter! (Phone: 202/225-5672; Fax: 202/225-0235)

Rep. Hart Authors Bill to Stop Abortion Pill in Schools – "The School Children Health Protection Act" 
will soon be introduced in Congress by Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA) who is concerned that in hundreds of schools across the country young girls are being given abortion-causing "morning-after" pills in school-based health clinics.

The bill will deny federal funds to any school that gives the "morning-after" pill to students. Congresswoman Hart points out that, in addition to killing tiny developing babies by preventing the embryo from attaching to the lining of the uterus, the pill is a very heavy dose of hormones with potentially dangerous side effects that could be very damaging to the health of young girls.

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