Stockman’s bill would define human life from conception and take away Supreme Court jurisdiction over abortion-related cases, which “would be a landmark achievement for civil and human rights in the United States,” he said in a press release.
Speaking in support of the bill, Franks highlighted lessons from history and cited the role of the U.S. as a leader in the abolition of slavery.
“The thing that brought the birth of this [Republican] party was this idea in the minds and hearts of a few people that the African American was a child of God, a human being – even though the Supreme Court said they weren’t. They were wrong then, and they’re wrong now,” he said.
Steve Antosh of the National Pro-Life Alliance said that under Stockman’s bill, ‘not only do we define when life begins, but using Congress’ power to define the jurisdiction of courts, you [the Supreme Court] have no jurisdiction over this.”
That would be “a good club to hold over the court,” he added.
Stockman introduced the first Sanctity of Life Act in 1995. He is also a cosponsor of the Sanctity of Human Life Act introduced by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) earlier this year. Other cosponsors of include Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
When asked by CNSNews to comment on the Texas abortion bill signed into law by Governor Rick Perry on Thursday, Stockman expressed excitement over the legislation that “protects women.”
“It’s very much a women’s bill – in terms of what happened in Pennsylvania where women were operated on would end up dying, this is a great women’s bill,” Stockman said, adding that he hopes his own bill “will be a companion to the Texas bill.”
Franks echoed the same urgency for pro-life legislation. Without it, he said, “the nation can’t survive. The republic is based on the rule of law, based upon the importance of everyone being protectable and equal. You can’t do that when you leave someone out.”