A5. From the start, the words of the Life Amendment were structured to succinctly demolish the fabrication of Roe v. Wade that an unborn child is not a “person”. Following the recommendations of one of the nation’s leading experts on this subject, the wording has been strengthened to ensure that the protections of our Constitution will extend to all preborn human beings.
America’s leading bioethicist, Georgetown University’s Dr. Dianne Irving, M.A., Ph.D., expressed concern that a reference to “any and all human beings from the moment of fertilization (conception) to death” might be misconstrued to exclude those who are asexually reproduced:
Many human beings are reproduced asexually — without the use of sperm and “egg” — such as naturally occurring human monozygotic (MZ) twins in vivo — and often reproduced in vitro in IVF/ART research labs and “infertility clinics”!
In response to Dr. Irving’s concerns that the Amendment should “identify both those human beings reproduced sexually as well as those reproduced asexually,” the definition of the word “person” now refers to “every living human being from the beginning of its biological existence as a human organism.” This definition includes all humans (reproduced in any manner) in the preexisting protections of the 5th and 14th Amendments, which prohibit depriving a person “of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
Previously issued Life Amendment documents are still valid (even if they were printed prior to this enhancement) because they reference LifeAmendment.org, where this updated wording and clarification appears.