Madison, WI (PRWEB) April 03, 2012
Former Pennsylvania Senator and current GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has endorsed the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment. The measure would “extend the inalienable right to life found in the Wisconsin Constitution to all preborn children from the beginning of their lives” reports Pro-life Wisconsin.
“I support the efforts of Wisconsin to protect the unborn through a state Constitutional Amendment. As our founders declared, our Creator endowed us with inalienable rights--of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Protecting the unborn is the starting point for preserving the American dream and opportunity for all," said Santorum.
“We thank Senator Santorum for speaking out in support of this critical legislation,” said Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin Director of Legislation. "The introduction of the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment is a watershed moment in the history of the pro-life movement in our state. It seeks to end abortion in Wisconsin, not to regulate or restrict it. It seeks to end all violence toward preborn children in Wisconsin--surgical, chemical, experimental, etc.--at all stages of development."
The Wisconsin Personhood Amendment seeks to correct what Pro-life Wisconsin calls “a glaring error at its outset.” Section 1 of the state constitution would be amended to apply the rights of persons to all human beings and remove the stipulation of birth. “In specifying the beneficiaries of its human rights, it leaves out the preborn. It applies rights to only those people who are ‘born,’” said Pro-life Wisconsin. “Representative Jacque is proposing a minimal but absolutely essential correction, a personhood amendment, to make the Wisconsin Constitution cover all people, every person, at any stage of development.”
“All people are equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. As applied to the right to life, the terms "people" and "person” shall apply to every human being at any stage of development,” it reads.
Senator Santorum joined fellow presidential candidates Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Governor Rick Perry, and Congressman Ron Paul in signing the Personhood Republican Presidential Pledge. “I stand with President Ronald Reagan in supporting ‘the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death,’ and with the Republican Party platform in affirming that I ‘support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment protections apply to unborn children,’” the pledge reads.
“Human equality for all people, regardless of race, gender, disability or age, is a principle that our nation has striven to achieve since our founding, and personhood is the embodiment,” said Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA. ”The national candidates have earned our respect and gratitude for supporting the measures that would put this principle into action.”