Human Life Amendment

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Human Life Amendment[1] (1989)
The Government of the United States of America
Proposed January 19, 1989 (failed)
86642Human Life Amendment[1] — Proposed January 19, 1989 (failed)1989The Government of the United States of America

SECTION 1. With respect to the right to life, the word `person' as used in this article and in the fifth and fourteenth articles of amendment to the Constitution of the United States applies to all human beings irrespective of age, health, function, or condition of dependency, including their unborn offspring at every state of their biological development.

SECTION 2. No unborn person shall be deprived of life by any person: Provided, however, That nothing in this article shall prohibit a law permitting only those medical procedures required to prevent the death of the mother.

SECTION 3. The Congress and the several States shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

SECTION 4. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, within ten years of the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.


  1. This Amendment may be read at the Library of Congress Website.