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Join Pro-Life Wisconsin as we travel to the 2016 March for Life of Chicago. It is shaping up to be the largest pro-life event in Illinois, with approximately 10,000 people anticipated! 

Join Pro-Life Wisconsinites and over 700,000 other pro-lifers as we mark the tragic anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

The annual March for Life will be held Friday, January 22, in Washington D.C. Pro-Life Wisconsin's buses will be leaving on Wednesday, January 20, and returning Sunday, January 24.

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FetusPersonhood: The Pro-Life Movement's Ultimate Goal

The bedrock principle of the pro-life movement - that all preborn babies are "persons" and all innocent people share the inalienable right to life - is the benchmark against which pro-lifers must evaluate any strategy to protect preborn children.

What is Personhood?

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.

To better understand personhood, we begin by asking the fundamental question of when human life begins.  Embryological science has made crystal clear that, in sexual reproduction, human life begins at fertilization: the union of an egg and sperm resulting in a unique, genetically distinct human being.  The answer to the question of when human life begins is a biological one. 

The follow-up question is:  "Is this tiny embryonic human being a ‘person' who is guaranteed the right to life?"  In other words, should human beings be protected in law as persons; as citizens upon whom full constitutional protections (due process, equal protection, etc.) should confer?  The answer to the question of personhood is a political/legal one.  Once a human being is declared to be a legal person, there simply can be no exceptions to his or her inalienable right to life; just as there are no exceptions to our right to life.

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Wisconsin Personhood Amendment - Q & A

Policy Paper                                                    2011-2012 Legislative Session  

Question & Answer  


What is the purpose of a personhood amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution

Pro-Life Wisconsin's proposed personhood amendment is not intended, or worded, as a challenge to Roe v. Wade, or as an attempt to define personhood under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  It seeks only to bring into the Wisconsin Constitution a true definition of human life as endorsed by Wisconsin citizens speaking through the amendment process.  Such a definition is indispensible to spreading the protective cover of Wisconsin's constitution over all its citizens.  We recognize that its protections cannot be fully effective as long as Roe remains law, but we believe a proper definition of personhood should be in place should Wisconsin be freed from the effects of that noxious decision.

Why is a constitutional amendment, rather than a statutory change, necessary?

We know that Wisconsinites, born and preborn, deserve total and permanent legal protection of their right to life - an inalienable right grounded in natural law.  Why, specifically, is a constitutional amendment necessary?

From a pro-life perspective, the Wisconsin Constitution contains a glaring error at its outset - it leaves out the preborn.  It applies rights to only those people who are "born."  An activist Wisconsin Supreme Court could someday use this provision to deny the right to life of the preborn by interpreting an independent right to abortion in our state constitution.  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.  Only by enshrining the right to life in our state constitution will preborn children be afforded full and lasting legal protection.

Would a personhood constitutional amendment negatively impact Wisconsin's pre-Roe abortion statute?  

The proposed constitutional amendment is not a risk to our current, pre-Roe law (Section 940.04, Wisconsin Statutes) by "implied repeal" or otherwise. The concern that 940.04 would be impliedly repealed by the personhood amendment is alleviated by case law.  For recent law on the subject pertaining to a later constitutional amendment, State of Wisconsin v. Phillip Cole, 2003 WI 112, 264 Wis.2d 520, 665 N.W.2d 328, is instructive.  The Court said in that case that it did not matter whether a statute predated or postdated a constitutional amendment in deciding the issue of the statute's constitutionality.  It found that an old statute restricting concealed carry was not repealed by a later amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution guaranteeing the right to keep and bear arms. Accordingly, concerns over 940.04 should not stand in the way of supporting our personhood amendment.

Would Wisconsin's pre-Roe abortion statute be effective in re-criminalizing abortion in our state should Roe be overturned?

Should Roe v. Wade be overturned and the abortion issue remanded to the states, it is essential that Wisconsin law protect all human life from the moment of fertilization.  Wisconsin Statutes 940.04 is marred by an obvious loophole - a "life of the mother" exception.  Many abortionists believe that the very condition of pregnancy itself is a life threatening condition.  Consequently, a life of the mother exception can be and is used as a massive statutory loophole through which to drive abortion on demand at all stages of human life and in all circumstances.