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Personhood Protects the Disabled

"What more dramatic confirmation could we have of the real issue than the Baby Doe case in Bloomington, Indiana? The death of that tiny infant tore at the hearts of all Americans because the child was undeniably a live human being — one lying helpless before the eyes of the doctors and the eyes of the nation. The real issue for the courts was not whether Baby Doe was a human being. The real issue was whether to protect the life of a human being who had Down's Syndrome,


ETHNE Talking Points and Press Release

Georgia Right to Life  Introduces Legislation to Protect the Mother and Child Impacted by In vitro Fertilization.

For Immediate Release: February 17, 2009

For Further Information: Dan Becker  678-524-9504
Lawrenceville, GA: 

Georgia Right to Life today announced the filing of The Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act in the Georgia Senate-SB 169.

It is apparent from the recent birth of octuplets to a southern California woman, that the fertility industry needs governmental oversight.  This industry is one of the most lucrative medical fields and among the least regulated.  In response to this need, Georgia State Sen. Ralph Hudgens along with other co-sponsors in the Senate leadership have introduced legislation that will place limits on the creation and transfer of embryos produced by In vitro fertilization (IVF). 

State Personhood Efforts

The original goal of the pro-life movement during the 20th Century was the enactment of a Paramount Human Life Amendment (HLA) to the U.S. Constitution. Former President of National Right to Life, Dr. Jack Wilke, in his 1979 book Handbook on Abortion,established that the secondary goal of the movement should be to enact a Paramount Human Life Amendment at a state level.

The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that states may find more expansive rights for the benefit of their citizens than are found under our U.S. Constitution. Constitutional Personhood attorney, Mr. Robert Muise says,"Additionally, the proposed constitutional amendment (Georgia) explicitly affirms, as a matter of state law, that “personhood” attaches at the moment of fertilization. It is a well-established principle of law that States possess the right to adopt their own constitutions with rights more expansive than those conferred by the federal constitution.


See Prunyard Shopping Ctr. V Robins, 447 U.S. 74, 81 (1980) ( “affirming “the authority of the State to exercise its police power [and] its sovereign right to adopt in its own Constitution individual liberties more expansive that those conferred by the Federal Constitution”). And the right to life is the most basic and fundamental right, since death forecloses “the right to have rights.” See Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238, 290 (1972) (Brennan, J., concurring)."

 

NATIONAL GROUPS

National Personhood Alliance

Personhood Education

Personhood USA

 

A list of state efforts to promote Personhood:

 

Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos

The Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act - GA SB 169

HISTORY: The bill is based upon a bill passed in Louisiana in 1986. The Louisiana bill establishes all in vitro embryos as "juridical persons". There has been NO legal challenge to it in 23 years. The language has been updated to reflect changes in biomedical technology and medical standards since 1986.


NEED: It is apparent from the recent birth of octuplets to a southern California woman, that the fertility industry needs governmental oversight. This industry is one of the MOST lucrative medical fields and among the LEAST regulated! This results in a serious compromise to the Standard of Care for the women and children invloved. With Bio-tech industries coming to Georgia, NOW is the time to develop regulatory oversight that would protect our women and children.

Personhood Law Would Protect the Infirm

 

"Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s started the T4 Aktion (Action) program, named after the main office's address at Tiergartenstrasse 4 in Berlin, to exterminate "useless eaters," babies born with disabilities. When any baby was born in Germany, the attending nurse had to note any indication of disability and immediately notify T4 officials - a team of physicians, politicians and military leaders. In October 1939 Hitler issued


a directive allowing physicians to grant a "mercy death" to "patients considered incurable according to the best available human judgment of their state of health.

Thereafter, the program expanded to include older children and adults with disabilities, and anyone anywhere in the Third Reich was subject to execution who was blind, deaf, senile, retarded, or had any significant neurological condition, encephalitis, epilepsy, muscular spasticity or paralysis. Six killing centers were eventually established, and an estimated quarter-million people with disabilities were executed . . .Princeton University bioethicist Peter Singer says, 'Killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person.'
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The Washington Times, November 23,2008

A Personhood Amendment would be the first step in establishing ethical paramenters that protect human dignity in the 21st century.