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Legislative Report: 2007

Sanctity of Human Life Act

Background: In the manner of a Human Life Bill, the Sanctity of Human Life Act has as its official title, "To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization." The bill has two sections, a Declaration (Sec. 2) and Definitions (Sec. 3). In the exercise of its powers under the U. S. Constitution, including Art. 1, Sec. 8 and Art. 14, Sec. 5, Congress declares that "(A) the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and (B) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood," and Congress affirms that "the Congress, each State, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories have the authority to protect the lives of all human beings residing in its respective jurisdictions" (Sec. 2). The bills defined the terms Fertilization, Cloning, and Human, Human Being (Sec. 3).

House: On November 13, 2007, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) introduced the Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 4157). The measure had 48 cosponsors and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. No further action was taken.

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