Personhood: A Challenge to the Intellect

   Prior to January 22, 1973, states had a patchwork of legal protections for the preborn, but nothing was consistent among the laws in the United States.

   And then on that fateful January day in 1973 the United States Supreme Court wiped the slate clean by issuing a pair of decisions that made abortion legally protected across our land and for any reason whatsoever.

In order to turn those decisions around, the 10 people composing the leadership that was to become American Life League in 1979 knew that the Supreme Court had to be challenged on the single most crucial argument of the case, stated by the then-Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote that “‘The word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn.” 

   He came to this conclusion by asserting that “no case could be cited that holds that a fetus is a person within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment,” but conceded that if the “personhood of the fetus is established [the case for abortion], of course collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.”

   We understood the commonsense truth that has -- even to this day -- eluded so many people both inside and outside the pro-life movement. That is that every human being is an individual -- a person created by God in His im ...

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