State Policy Brief: Full Protections for the Unborn

Full Protections for the Unborn

Family Research Council recommends and supports Full Protections for the Unborn. Life begins at conception, and pro-life legislative initiatives are strongest when they are consistent with this truth.

Full Protections for the Unborn recognize the unborn have the right to life, prohibit abortion at all stages (the definition of abortion excludes actions taken that attempt to save the life of the mother or the child), establish a criminal penalty for noncompliance, indemnify the woman (i.e., absolve her of legal liability), and create a cause of action for the state to enforce the law.

Key Points:

  • Life begins at conception. Full Protections for the Unborn recognize this fact and prohibit abortion at all stages.
  • Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey prevent states from protecting unborn life in all circumstances. So far, no pro-life legislation has resulted in a successful challenge to these bad precedents.
  • Full Protections for the Unborn directly counter the Supreme Court’s flawed arguments in Roe and Casey that constitutionalized a right to abortion.

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