California Pro-Lifers Launch Human Rights Amendment Petition Campaign

Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:24am EDT

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California has joined the race
to recognize human rights and personhood for all human beings from the
biological beginning of development.


The state's most outspoken pro-life advocates submitted the California Human
Rights Amendment to Attorney General Jerry Brown following a press conference
Monday in Sacramento.


"The preborn, while demonstrably alive and demonstrably human, are not
protected 'persons' under our state constitution," said Lila Rose, the
21-year-old student pro-life activist, president of Live Action and cosponsor
of the amendment. "Our laws must protect each person's basic human right to
life, from the beginning of his or her life until the end."


The push is backed by the California Civil Rights Foundation, a coalition of
pro-lifers including Rose and sponsor Walter Hoye, the pastor arrested and
imprisoned in 2008 for standing in silent witness outside an abortion mill.


"The California Human Rights Amendment recognizes that valuing human life is
fundamental to life itself," Hoye said at the press conference, "and is the
cornerstone of peace and prosperity for any society."


Hoye and Rose were joined by Judie Brown, president of American Life League
and Keith Mason, founder of PersonhoodUSA.


The activists stressed that personhood fulfills the dream of the civil rights
movement.


"The injustice of denying the personhood of whole classes of human beings is
an injustice that cannot go unchallenged," Brown said. "Now is the time for
justice. Nothing less is acceptable in a republic based on the principle of
equal justice for one and all."


California joins personhood movements in Missouri, Florida, Montana and
Colorado. California state law requires a petition be circulated and signed by
a number of people equal to at least 8 percent of votes cast for governor
during the last state election.


The California Human Rights Amendment reads:


Article 1, Section 7


(c) The term "person" applies to all living human organisms from the beginning
of their biological development as human organisms -- regardless of the means
by which they were procreated, method of reproduction, age, race, sex, gender,
physical well-being, function, or condition of physical or mental dependency
and/or disability.


American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest
grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is
committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of
creation to natural death.  For more information or press inquiries, please
contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.




FOR MORE INFORMATION:


California Civil Rights Foundation:
http://civilrightsfoundation.org/


PersonhoodUSA:
http://www.personhoodusa.com/


American Life League: Personhood
http://all.org/personhood








SOURCE  American Life League

Katie Walker of the American Life League, +1-540-659-4942, kwalker@all.org
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