A Gift for the Season: The Infants' Protection Project

By Burke, Denise M. | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, December 8, 2015 | Go to article overview

A Gift for the Season: The Infants' Protection Project


Burke, Denise M., Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Abortion is a story that is often told without discussing who is involved. Pro-abortion feminists talk about "empowerment" or "choice." Abortion industry lobbyists seek to compel taxpayer funding for a Supreme Court-conferred "right." The increasingly unpopular healthcare law euphemistically refers to "women's healthcare services." Carefully crafted language is routinely used to obscure the reality that a human life hangs in the balance.

Accomplishing this duplicitous feat is appreciably harder at a time of year when so many commemorate history's most notable birth. Acknowledging the humanity and promise of every child including those yet unborn, Americans United for Life has chosen this special season to release our new Infants' Protection Project, a collection of expertly crafted model legislation that advances the legal recognition and protection of unborn infants.

A complement to AUL's hugely successful Women's Protection Project, the Infants' Protection Project again showcases AUL's uniquely effective mother-child strategy and exposes the lie propagated by the abortion industry that a woman's interests are often at odds with those of her unborn child. It is also a natural extension of AUL's decades-long leadership in advocating for the protection of unborn children both within and outside the context of abortion.

Writing on the constitutionality of laws limiting abortion, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has acknowledged "that medical procedures must be governed by moral principles having their foundation in the intrinsic value of human life, including life of the unborn." Model legislation featured in the Infants' Protection Project furthers this commonsense principle by limiting abortions performed for sex selection or eugenic purposes and abortions performed later in pregnancy when both the risks of inhumane pain to the unborn and the risks to maternal health are particularly acute.

An overarching principle of the project is that both civil and criminal laws should be interpreted expansively to protect life, including the lives of the unborn. Included in this package of model legislation is a special preamble that definitively affirms that state laws should "be interpreted and construed to acknowledge on behalf of the unborn child at every stage of development, all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents." This aspirational policy will both guide the interpretation of existing state laws and will confer even more extensive legal protections on the unborn when the destructive Roe v. …

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