Values Voter Presidential Debate - Personhood
September 17, 2007
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
FARAH: Time for a question from our second panelist, Janet Folger, President,
Faith2Action, and really, the inspiration behind this evening's debate.
JANET FOLGER, FAITH2ACTION: Thank you. As you will see from the ultrasound video on the screen, science confirms the undeniable, unique human being, or person, in the womb. In Roe v. Wade, author Harry Blackmun himself stated, "If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses."
By the author's own words, Roe v. Wade has collapsed. If elected, what will you do to make our laws consistent with our science, and restore legal protection and full rights of personhood to every American waiting to be born?
FARAH: We'll start from the right side, this time — my right. Ambassador Alan Keyes.
KEYES: I think the first and most important thing that we would do is champion an amendment to the United States Constitution that makes it crystal clear that the right to life of all human beings, from conception to natural death, must be respected. It's simple. It's clear. It must be done.
We also need to reiterate the truth that, in the Preamble to our Constitution, it makes it clear that the ultimate aim of our government is to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." Our posterity includes many we can't even imagine, who have not yet been born. Surely, it includes those who are sleeping in the womb.
I would issue an executive order immediately granting the full protection of the presidency, and every element of the executive branch, to the life in the womb.
And finally, I would make sure that no judges were appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States who did not strictly respect its mandate to secure the liberties of our posterity.