The pro-life movement is founded on the bedrock principle that all human beings, at all stages of their development, deserve full protection under the law. To that end State Representative Andre Jacque (R-Green Bay) has begun circulating for co-sponsorship the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment, legislation that extends the inalienable right to life already found in the Wisconsin Constitution to all preborn children from the beginning of their lives. Click here for a copy of the amendment and click here to read PLW’s legislative memo.
The personhood amendment 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.
Please CALL or EMAIL your state representative and state senator NOW and urge him or her to co-sponsor LRB 0130/1, the “Wisconsin Personhood Amendment.” Click here to find out who your state legislators are and how to contact them.
Tell your legislators to extend the inalienable right to life already found in the Wisconsin Constitution to all preborn children at all stages of development.
What is personhood and why is it so foundational to the pro-life movement? Put simply, a “person” is a human being who is fully protected under the law; and we use the legal term “personhood” to describe this condition. Once a human being is declared a person that individual is guaranteed certain legal rights, such as the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In other words, to be a person is to be fully protected by a series of God-given and constitutionally protected rights.
From a pro-life perspective, the Wisconsin Constitution contains a glaring error at its outset. In specifying the beneficiaries of its human rights, it leaves out the preborn. It applies rights to only those people who are “born.” 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. The proposed amendment (LRB 0130/1) simply substitutes the inclusive personhood definition for the word “born.” That definition is as follows: As applied to the right to life, the terms “people” and “person” shall apply to every human being at any stage of development. Such a definition is indispensable to spreading the protective cover of Wisconsin’s constitution over all its citizens.
Should Roe v. Wade be overturned someday and the abortion issue remanded to the states, an activist Wisconsin Supreme Court could use the word “born” in our current state constitution to deny the right to life of the preborn by interpreting an independent right to abortion in that document. In so doing, the court could nullify any present or future pro-life laws in our state. The changing makeup of the Wisconsin Legislature could also jeopardize any pro-life laws in our state. Every two years our state election process determines the majority party in Madison. Legal protection of the preborn should not (and must not) be contingent upon which party controls the state legislature. The right to life should not be subject to the whims of a politicized supreme court or an ever-changing legislature.
The Wisconsin Personhood Amendment has been endorsed by: Wisconsin Family Action; Charles E. Rice, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Notre Dame; American Life League; Catholics United for the Faith, St. Gregory VII Chapter, Milwaukee; Walter Hoye, Issues4Life Foundation; Jason Jones, I Am Whole Life; Alan Keyes, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Personhood USA; Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator; Joe Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League; Matt Trewhella, Missionaries to the Preborn; and Kevin O’Brien, Men of Christ.
For more information on the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment, please go to www.personhoodwisconsin.com.