Since the beginning of the Pro-Life Movement in the 60s and 70s, strategies to end legalized abortion in the United States have generally focused around legal strategies in the political arena of the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, and in court cases.
This section discusses the two main and historic focuses of the Pro-Life Movement and its associated Pro-Life Strategies:
Establishing the legal Personhood of preborn children secures their “Right to Life” and can END legalized abortion because when a judge weights the rights between two persons, the right to life of a person is always higher than all other rights, even higher than the right of a woman to make her own medical decisions, which is how the U.S. Courts view abortion.
This focuses on limiting the number of abortions by placing Restricting on or Regulating the abortion industry, and has only achieved a small percentage of success. This strategy cannot end legalized abortion, nor is it intended to. All-to-often this strategy legally undermines the personhood of unborn children, because it supports their continued murder by focusing only on the method and manner of how they are murdered.
The Pro-Life Movement, for the past 25 years, has been focused mainly on “Limiting Abortion” – a strategy that can never end legalized abortion. It is our intention in the Personhood Movement to steer the Pro-Life Community back to its roots of Personhood and to remain focused on Personhood as our top priority.
Protection by Law
Some of the first reactions to the 1973 Roe v. Wade case was the passage of laws attempting to ban outright abortion. These were easily struck down. Attempts to pass laws declaring an unborn child a person with legal standing worked only in non-abortion related circumstances and if it got anywhere close to being a ‘ban’ on abortion, the U.S. Courts struck it down. It was the same for laws passed in U.S. Congress at the Federal level and also state laws passed by state legislatures at the state level.
A Constitutional Amendment declaring, recognizing, and/or protecting the unborn child as a person legally quickly became the focus of the Pro-Life Movement when in 1975 the first Human Life Amendment was introduced at the Congressional or Federal level. This strategy originally had both a state and federal aspect to it, but Pro-Life leaders failed to ever introduced a state amendment. It wasn’t until 30 years later in 2005, born from a grassroots level effort in Mississippi led by Pro-Life Dave, that the first state Human Life Amendment (aka Personhood Amendment) was introduced in U.S. History. Continued failures in the 70s and 80s by national Pro-Life leaders to move a Human Life Amendment through Congress led them to abandon establishing Personhood at the Federal Level. Unfortunately, instead of turning to the state level, national Pro-Life Organizations began to only focus on limiting abortion instead of ending legalized abortion, once and for all.