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Can someone explain to me The Sanctity of Life Act of 2011 -

just curious on this im not aware of this and it kinda goes against alot of things dr. paul has said. Can someone rationalize this for me lol



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thanks

for all the input guys - i was promoting liberty to a friend who is more on the liberal side and i was trying to explain states rights and the "republic" but when i came across this i took it as a federal mandate - not states choosing - appreciate the help!!!

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See THOMAS.GOV

Summary at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d112:17:./temp/~bdvnEu:@@@D&summ2=m&|/bss/|

Text at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.1096:

The way I understood it

The Sanctity of Life act defines personhood to begin at conception but it only makes that a "finding" and doesn't write it into law. The result is that it's not binding on the states. But as noted by someone below the act also prevents the courts from interfering in what the states decide.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctity_of_Life_Act

This is consistent with Ron Paul's view that the Constitution didn't authorize anything more:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul301.html

He didn't have to write the act that way, obviously. Contrast that with the way the Born Alive Infants Protection Act was written:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born-Alive_Infants_Protection_Act
The key difference is that it *does* write that definition into the US Code, making that definition binding on the states.

Usually what freaks people out...

about the bill is the part about passing it to the states and the wall it creates against federal intervention.

This is VERY subtle and very important. Most all murder is a STATE issue. If the SOL Act were to leave the door open for federal prosecution of abortion before birth at the federal level it could open up a massive can of worms that would give the federal govt new powers to reach down into an area previously reserved only for the States.

RP's enemies have used this against him to claim he would leave babies "at the mercy of individual states" which absolutely untrue. The act would define "termination" after conception as murder but keep it at the state level where nearly all murder cases belong.

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this is what i got from someone

The Sanctity of Life Act of 2011 is a bill that was introduced and promoted by Ron Paul. This bill would make the definition of life as beginning at conception federal law. The only thing that would be left up to the states would be the sentencing of women who "murder" fetuses. This is ABSOLUTELY making abortion a federal issue, not leaving it to be a state issue. Ron Paul can lie about his all he wants, it doesn't make it true.

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Defining what a person is at the federal level...

DOES NOT make murder a federal issue. Try again. It merely defines when a person becomes a Constitutional person.

The issue here is you don't want to consider babies in the womb as human life. The only non-arbitrary biological definition of a separate human being is separate DNA and blood.

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how does

this leave it to the states? it sounds to me that it federally makes it law that its life at conception http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112%3AH.R.1096

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im for states rights

just wondering where in hear thats what it says

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Link to Act?

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