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House Joint Resolution 2003

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION BY ALONS, CHAMBERS, TYMESON, MAY, KOESTER, WINDSCHITL, SCHULTZ, DE BOEF, SORENSON, SWEENEY, HUSEMAN, KAUFMANN, RAYHONS, HAGENOW, MERTZ, and SODERBERG HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1 A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution 2 of the State of Iowa to specify that the right to life is 3 the paramount and most fundamental right of every person, 4 and that personhood applies to all human beings from the 5 beginning of their biological development. 6 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: TLSB 5131YH (7) 83 pf/rj PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of 1 2 the State of Iowa is proposed: 1 3 Section 1 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of 1 4 Iowa, as amended by amendment number 1 of the Amendments of 1 5 1998, is amended to read as follows: 1 6 Rights of persons.SECTION 1. 1 7 1. All men and women are, by nature, free and equal, and 1 8 have certain inalienable rights == among which are those of 1 9 enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing 1 10 and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and 1 11 happiness. 1 12 2. The right to life is the paramount and most fundamental 1 13 right of every person. 1 14 3. With respect to the fundamental and inalienable rights 1 15 of all persons guaranteed in this Constitution, the word 1 16 "person" applies to all human beings, irrespective of age, 1 17 health, function, physical or mental dependency, or method of 1 18 reproduction, whether in vivo or in vitro, from the beginning 1 19 of their biological development, including the single=cell 1 20 human embryo. 1 21 Sec. 2. REFERRAL AND PUBLICATION. The foregoing proposed 1 22 amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is referred 1 23 to the General Assembly to be chosen at the next general 1 24 election for members of the General Assembly, and the Secretary 1 25 of State is directed to cause the proposed amendment to be 1 26 published for three consecutive months previous to the date of 1 27 that election as provided by law. 1 28 EXPLANATION 1 29 This joint resolution proposes an amendment to the 1 30 Constitution of the State of Iowa specifying that the 1 31 right to life is the paramount and most fundamental right 1 32 of every person, and that with respect to the fundamental 1 33 and inalienable rights of all persons guaranteed in the 1 34 Constitution, the word "person" applies to all human beings, 1 35 irrespective of age, health, function, physical or mental 2 1 dependency, or method of reproduction, whether in vivo or in 2 2 vitro, from the beginning of their biological development, 2 3 including the single=cell human embryo. 2 4 The resolution, if adopted, would be referred to the next 2 5 general assembly for adoption, before being submitted to the 2 6 electorate for ratification. LSB 5131YH (7) 83 pf/rj
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