Kansas Personhood Constitutional Amendment (HCR 5004)
This law was last updated on Feb 6, 2019
HCR 5004 proposes an amendment to the constitution of the state of Kansas to extend equal protection and due process rights to every human being “from the beginning of the biological development of that human being, including fertilization.”
The resolution would need to be approved by two-thirds members of the house and senate before being submitted to the voters in the general election in November 2020.
The following statement would be printed on the ballot with the amendment as a whole:
Explanatory statement. The purpose of this amendment is to expand the class of human beings that currently enjoy inalienable rights, equal protection, and due process of the law under the constitution of the state of Kansas to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being, including fertilization.
A vote for this proposition would amend the Kansas constitution to explicitly incorporate into it the inalienable right to life of every human being irrespective of age, race, gender, health, function, condition of dependency, including physical or mental dependency, or method of reproduction, from the beginning of their biological development, including fertilization. The proposed constitutional amendment also would prohibit the state from discriminating against any class of human beings in the application, interpretation and enforcement of its laws.
A vote against this proposition would not amend the constitution, in which case the current federally mandated legal status of preborn humans would remain that of a class of human beings that can intentionally be killed.
The amendment would effectively ban abortion—and possibly even birth control pills, IUDs, and emergency contraception. In addition, it would eliminate certain medical choices for women, including some cancer treatments and in vitro fertilization, and might lead to investigation and prosecution of pregnant people who miscarry to determine if their own actions caused the death of the fetus.
Companion resolution to SCR 1604.
1/28/19 – Introduced.