Thirteen states now view the preborn as children, which entitles them to human rights. The states who recognize this simple fact are as follows: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Michigan.

The stages at which the fetus is considered a child varies from state to state, however, many of these state’s criminal codes indicate life begins at the point of conception.

Twelve out of the thirteen states have the caveat of abortion being the exception to human rights for the preborn. However, one state abstains.

Michigan declares in their state legislation that, “Death of quick child or mother from use of medicine, etc., with intent to destroy such child—Any person who shall administer to any woman pregnant with a quick child any medicine, drug or substance whatever, or shall use or employ any instrument or other means, with intent thereby to destroy such child, unless the same shall have been necessary to preserve the life of such mother, shall, in case the death of such child or of such mother be thereby produced, be guilty of manslaughter.”

US Legal defines a quick child as, “A fetus that has developed to such a stage that it moves within the womb of the mother. It shall mean an unborn child whose heart is beating and who is experiencing electronically measurable brain waves.”

Thirteen states may seem like a small number in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, yet, it is important to remember that there was another time in recent history that thirteen states were struck with a conviction of wrongful treatment and joined together in the face of overwhelming odds, (99:1 to be exact,) and set about to change the global landscape that has become our world today.

It all started with a conviction, and an outrage in the face of injustice, and it was that slow burning conviction, which eventually lit the fires of the Revolutionary War, and we all know how that story ended. Take courage dear heart, for the odds have been much worse, but Lady Justice is blind to such obstacles.

And now, I close with an opening, an opening to a great something, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are the rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Let us give them the right to life, and the rest will follow.

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