Colorado Springs Representative Doug Lamborn introduced legislation to replace the word “fetus” with “unborn child” in all federal laws.
The 2021 act of recognition of the unborn child would change the wording of several codes, including sections of Title 18, which is the federal government’s main criminal code, by replacing the words “fetus” and “fetus” with “unborn child” and “unborn children”.
The law would also change the wording of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Employees’ Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
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“Every human being, born or unborn, is endowed by their creator and deserves the right to life,” Lamborn said in a statement. statement last week. “That’s why I introduced the ‘Unborn Child Recognition Act,’ which recognizes the inherent fact that an unborn child is human life. All too often, those on the left try to dehumanize and degrade the lives of unborn children ”
The legislation comes at an unprecedented time when states have passed more than 100 abortion restrictions so far in 2021, the highest number of restrictions since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, according to the Guttmacher Institutean organization that focuses on reproductive health and rights. Roe v. Wade established a woman’s legal right to have an abortion in the first two trimesters of pregnancy.
This month, the Supreme Court rules whether a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks gestation is constitutional. the historical case mainly focuses on whether all “pre-viability bans on elective abortions” are unconstitutional. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health would be to spill Roe v. Wade if confirmed, and if it occurs several other states are about to adopt quickly their own bans or restrictions on abortions.
In the statement, Lamborn referred to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health from “a case that I hope turns Roe v. Wade and marks a turning point in the pro-life movement.
Texas Senate Bill 8 came into effect in September and effectively bans abortion after detection of fetal heart activity. This usually happens around six weeks gestation, before many women know they are pregnant.
Lamborn has been outspoken about his anti-abortion views. In January he presented legislation that would require abortion providers to inform women seeking abortions without medical basis demand for the possibility of canceling abortion. In 2019he called abortion a “failure of our society to provide support to a person in need.”
Representative Lauren Boebert, of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, is a co-sponsor of the legislation. Given that Democratic lawmakers make up the majority in the House of Representatives, the law is unlikely to pass.
Colorado Democratic lawmakers last week announced its intention to introduce the Reproductive Health Equity Act in the 2022 legislative session, which would protect access to abortion in Colorado.
Abortion remains legal in colorado.