Now if we can only overturn Roe v Wade & get the right judges on the Iowa Supreme Court who will read it exactly as it is written.
ARTICLE I.--BILL OF RIGHTS.
Rights of persons. SECTION 1. All men and women are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights--among which are those of enjoying and defending life
and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety
and happiness. (emphasis mine)
All means all, from the moment of conception ie: fertilization (when the egg & sperm are joined, not what they try & pass of as when the embryo is emplanted in the uterine wall).
Enjoying life - I think that is pretty clear
safety - abortion clearly threatens that safety
Of course, an amendment that makes it clear that abortions are forbidden is exactly what it means wouldn't hurt. & would keep the Pro-death contingency at bay. Esp given the fact that exact wording hasn't exactly keep the Ia or US Courts from saying what they want.
Actually, I am waiting for some court to declare the Iowa Constitution unconstitutional. Why? Because of the wording in the Preamble : PREAMBLE.
WE THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF IOWA, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of those blessings
, do ordain and establish a free and independent government, by the name of the State of Iowa, (emphasis mine)
We can't have a state constitution acknowledging a Supreme Being, & worse, we depend on Him. Actually we can, & we should. & in Iowa, we do!!!!!
(1970) has a Preamble
that starts out with: "We, the People of the State of Illinois - grateful to Almighty God
for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors
Meanwhile over in Wisconsin, their constitution
(1848) has a preamble that is just as unconstitutional: "We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom
, in order to secure its blessings, form a more perfect government, insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare, do establish this constitution."
Quite a wide range of dates & God is mentioned in all of them. & if you still have any doubts that the so-called "seperation of Church & state" is the original intent of the US Constitution I give you this quote from the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the world: "We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence,
an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence or surprise, of entering into an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and of forming a new constitution of civil government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design
, do agree upon, ordain and establish the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of Government, as the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
." It was written in 1779 by John Adams, Samuel Adams & James Bowdoin & adopted in 1780.
We won't go into all the clear references to "Natural Law". It is clear that the reality of the matter is that there is in no way, shape or form, the "right" to an abortion that trumps the "right to life".