Proposed Human Life Amendments to the US Constitution:

In 1974, the National Right to Life (NRLC) Committee proposed this wording:

THE NRLC HUMAN LIFE AMENDMENT

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 stage of their biologic 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 power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


Another proposal was the Paramount Amendment:

THE PARAMOUNT AMENDMENT

The paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the moment of fertilization without regard to age, health, or condition of dependency.


In 1981, the Unity Amendment was developed and unanimously supported by the Directors to NRLC:

THE UNITY HUMAN LIFE AMENDMENT

Section 1: The right to life is a paramount and most fundamental right of a person.

Section 2: With respect to the right to life guaranteed to persons by the Fifth and Fourteenth Articles of Amendment to the Constitution, the word "person" applies to all human beings, irrespective of age, health, function, or condition of dependency, including their unborn offspring at every stage of their biological development including fertilization.

Section 3: No unborn person shall be deprived of life by any person; provided, however, that nothing in this article shall prohibit a law allowing justification to be shown for only those medical procedures required to prevent the death of either the pregnant woman or her unborn offspring as long as such law requires every reasonable effort be made to preserve the life of each.

Section 4: Congress and the several States shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


Another proposal was the Hatch-Eagleton Amendment:

Human Life Federalism Amendment ("Hatch-Eagleton Amendment", 1983)

A RIGHT TO ABORTION IS NOT SECURED BY THIS CONSTITUTION. THE CONGRESS AND THE SEVERAL STATES SHALL HAVE THE CONCURRENT POWER TO RESTRICT AND PROHIBIT ABORTIONS: PROVIDED, THAT A LAW OF A STATE WHICH IS MORE RESTRICTIVE THAN A LAW OF CONGRESS SHALL GOVERN.