The Constitution, Deprivation of Life, and Personhood

The view that a "personhood" law or a "personhood" amendment to a state constitution would outlaw abortion is widespread among the public.  Furthermore, pro-abortion proponents, and even a trial court judge, claim that legally defining the word "person" to include every human being from the moment of conception would also outlaw or restrict embryonic stem cell research, in vitro fertilization, birth control, and treatment necessary to save a pregnant woman's life.  However, the legal recognition of personhood for a zygote, embryo, or fetus would not outlaw abortion, or anything else, just like legal recognition for an adult does not outlaw the death penalty. The Constitution does not provide an unconditional right to life to any person.  Moreover, the Constitution does not even mention a right to life.  Consequently, it is important to examine the ways in which life is protected by the Constitution. To begin, the Constitution contains two provisions that provide...(Read Full Article)