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TOPEKA, Kan. — With the backing of 20 state lawmakers, a Republican representative in Kansas has introduced a bill that, if approved, would place before voters a ballot initiative to amend the Kansas Constitution to specifically enshrine “inalienable rights, equal protection and due process of law [for] every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being, including fertilization.”
“My purpose is to protect unborn babies and unborn children. I think they’re persons,” Rep. Randy Garber, R-Sabetha, told The Wichita Eagle. “I think life begins at conception and they should have equal protection under our Constitution.”
Gerber’s proposed constitutional amendment would, in effect, outlaw abortion in the state of Kansas. It would amend Section 1 of the Kansas Bill of Rights, which pertains to the natural and equal rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” afforded to all men.
“Recognizing the authority of the state of Kansas to exercise its police power and its sovereign right to adopt individual liberties in the constitution of the state of Kansas more expansive than those conferred by the constitution of the United States, the state of Kansas shall hereby guarantee the inalienable rights, equal protection and due process of law of every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being, including fertilization.”
Should the measure be approved to be placed on the ballot, it would advise voters that the amendment would “prohibit the state from discriminating against any class of human beings in the application, interpretation and enforcement of its
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