The California Human Rights Amendment is sponsored by the California Civil Rights Foundation, founded by the Reverend Walter B. Hoye II. Author of the book, Leadership from the INSIDE Out, Walter is in demand as a speaker and consultant.
Support for the California Human Rights Amendment includes the following endorsers:
In property, wills and estates, the unborn are considered to have rights and may have a guardian appointed. In most states, including California, a tort committed against a child in the womb is actional in civil and an injury is actionable in both civil and criminal law. The only exception to this standard is when the woman choses to abort. This is ridiculous and out of sync with all other law. Even as Dred Scott was considered less than fully human, such is the case for the pre-born babies in the womb. A woman has a right to choose what she does with her body. The baby is not her body. Where is the lawyer for the baby? This is why I support the California Human Rights Amendment.
– Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Founder, King for America
Since 1973, over thirty five long years ago, millions upon millions – well over 40,000,000 – babies have been slain under the guise of “choice.” Choosing death is never a good or acceptable option, and some good people in California have worked hard to give women real choices that favor life.
Other states should draw inspiration from the commitment and perseverance of those behind the California Human Rights Amendment. This is not about party affiliation or ideology. This is about recognizing the sanctity of human life and citizens’ obligation to enact laws to protect it. I applaud the cause of the California Human Rights Amendment and praise its supporters for not sitting idly by, and instead, taking action to protect those who cannot defend themselves.
– Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
“I endorse the California Human Rights Amendment.”
– Christopher West, Research Fellow and Faculty Member, Theology of the Body Institute; author, “Theology of the Body”
Is it not amazing that we are forced, in our so-called advanced society, to defend the notion of personhood? Is it not shocking that supposedly bright people will not protect the most innocent and helpless person the one in the womb? Have we not learned from slavery how to properly define a person? Have we learned nothing from Hitler’s Reich regarding the definition of personhood?
The “Personhood Test” puts the onus on those who favor the mutilation of a baby in his or her mother’s womb. This test places the burden of proof exactly where it should be, on those who say they are so-called “pro- choice” (though the baby never has a choice). Those who say, “I am personally against abortion, but …” need to be exposed for what they are: fundamentally unwilling to defend “persons.” Those who respond in a quasi-chameleon fashion with: “ I defend abortion but the number of abortions should be reduced …” must be exposed for what they are, persons against persons, persons against people. That is why every caring, compassionate, thinking, rational human would and must support a Personhood Amendment.
– Dr. Jim Garlow, Pastor, Skyline Church, La Mesa
RESOLUTION NO. 12
The California Human Rights Amendment
WHEREAS, the right to life is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person;
WHEREAS, modern medical science clearly and overwhelmingly supports “personhood”, the fact that the life of every human being begins at the beginning of his/her biological development as a human organism.
WHEREAS, personhood removes the politically charged rhetoric of the “life” debate and replaces it with the common sense scientific principle that life begins at each human being’s development as a human organism.
WHEREAS, personhood is unlike other legislation in that it guarantees the right to life of ALL people from the moment of procreation until death.
WHEREAS, all human beings deserve to be protected by love and by law because personhood is a human right.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Republican Assembly endorses and supports the petition gathering efforts and campaign to pass the California Human Rights Amendment.
– March 8, 2010
There is no doubt, scientifically, that a “fertilized human egg” is, in reality, a human zygote or one-cell human person. The human zygote soon divides into two cells and is then called a human embryo. To use the term “fertilized human egg” is an attempt to depersonalize and marginalize the human individual person at his or her earliest stage of development.
– George Delgado, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Culture of Life Family Health Care; Voluntary Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
The abortion issue is the moral equivalent of the slavery issue in our time, and Rev. Walter Hoye is the William Wilberforce of our age. Wilberforce believed that God had set before him, “two great objects, the abolition of slavery and the reformation of manners.” In our day, the two equivalent “great objects” are the abolition of abortion and the reformation of marriage. Like Wilberforce, Walter Hoye is absolutely committed to non-violence and to victory. The California Human Rights Amendment is the vehicle for achieving the first “great object,” the abolition of abortion, because it defines and clarifies personhood as the key concept. As an African-American, Rev. Hoye knows that without personhood for every member of our species, we are all vulnerable.
In the immortal words of Dr. Seuss, “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” That is the message of this proposed legislation. I sincerely support Rev. Walter Hoye in his efforts to pass the California Human Rights Amendment.
– Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President, The Ruth Institute
The death toll in America continues to climb, and in no other area has that number mounted more exponentially than in abortion since 1973. The California Human Rights Amendment answers the call to protect the most fundamental right to life and due process for all persons regardless of race, age or gender. Let us pray to God and call on all people of good will and virtue to end the genocide.
– Dean Nelson, Executive Director, Network of Politically Active Christians; Vice Chairman, Frederick Douglass Foundation
California Nurses for Ethical Standards (CNES) is proud to support Rev. Walter Hoye and the California Civil Rights Foundation as they strive to protect the futures of unborn babies and lovingly assist young mothers to choose a course of life, rather than death, through the California Human Rights Amendment. CNES has as its mission to uphold ethical principles and to protect life at every stage in the continuum. California Civil Rights Foundation is an ally in the fight to protect the most innocent and helpless among us, as we are mandated by principles of faith, morality and professionalism.
– Kristen L. Chestnut, RN JD, Member, Board of Directors, California Nurses for Ethical Standards
Life Legal Defense Foundation shares the goal of the “personhood” movement, for a renewal of our nation’s fundamental commitment to equal justice under the law for all human beings. The California Human Rights Amendment will provide voters in this state with the opportunity to stand up for the innocent unborn, who cannot speak for themselves.
– Dana Cody, President and Executive Director, Life Legal Defense Foundation
In March of 2005 Scott Peterson was found guilty of two separate murders, that of his wife Laci and also his unborn son Conner. Laci and Conner disappeared in December of 2002. In December of 2004 Lisa Marie Montgomery strangled Bobbie Jo Stinnett and cut her premature infant from her womb. A frenzied search to discover the child was orchestrated by local and state police in Kansas and Missouri. What both of these tragic stories have in common is the inarguable position that these children in the womb, before their birth, according to the Constitution of America, and subsequent state laws, had the ‘right’ to live their LIFE regardless the time of their birth. IF Conner had no rights in the womb, Scott Peterson would have only been charged for the murder of his wife Laci. Likewise, if an infant in the womb, as in the case of Bobbie Jo Stinnett’s daughter, has no right to live, due the fact that the baby had not developed to ‘full-term’ and been birthed, then the frantic pursuit by the authorities to find her was meaningless as she would not have yet achieved the level of a person with personhood. Countless other cases like these have been documented in our own American history and the precedent has been set by our citizenry to establish a California Human Rights Amendment. As founder of Guys For Life I stand with you arm in arm to continue this timely action to clarify and solidify the right to live – regardless of the start of a person’s biological clock.
– Kurt Ramspott, Founder, Guys For Life, Inc.
I am a family law attorney from Michigan and international pro-life speaker. I’ve litigated numerous high-profile cases defending pre-born human life, including the “frozen embryo” case in Michigan – the third of its kind in the U.S. I’m also an adoptee who was conceived in rape and nearly aborted at two back-alley abortionists. I write this not only with expertise as a pro-life litigator and activist but also with a personal stake in the outcome. After all, I’m alive today solely because my life was legally protected in Michigan at the time I was developing in utero. Michigan voters and legislators who were 100% pro-life – no exceptions, no compromise – are my heroes. I owe my life to them and that is why I, in turn, do the same for others.
Therefore, I strongly urge everyone to support the California Human Rights Amendment (CHRA), which would amend the California Constitution to define “persons” as “all living human organisms from the beginning of their biological development.” This is critical because the 14th Amendment “due process clause” and “equal protection clause” to the United States Constitution state as follows: “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Article 1, Section 7a of the California Constitution has very similar language. The majority opinion of the United States Supreme Court in Roe v Wade, Sec. IX, states, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.” However, the Court went on to say: “On the other hand, the appellee conceded on reargument that no case could be cited that holds that a fetus is a person within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.” And then the Court concluded, “In short, the unborn have never been recognized in the law as persons in the whole sense.”
If a majority of states legally recognize the unborn “as persons in the whole sense,” then the whole Roe v. Wade opinion collapses. This is why we must support personhood from state to state!
Additionally, with personhood, there are no “exceptions.” It would be ridiculous to suggest that all unborn children are persons except for children conceived in rape. And just to be clear, the California Human Rights Amendment specifically provides that the term “person” applies “regardless of the means by which they were procreated.”
We’ve been stuck in the desert for nearly 40 years. I’m tired of those who are afraid of the “giants in the land.” Chipping away at abortion has not brought us any closer to ending abortion in our nation. God is not going to honor mediocrity and compromise when it comes to the slaughter of innocent children whom He created in His image. I want to have the same spirit of boldness that David and Caleb and Joshua had, recognizing that God is on our side and we don’t need to be afraid. Let’s take out this giant by hitting it where it counts. With this issue, personhood is where it counts, and the opposition knows it.
When you can say that you are pro-life without exception, it’s like saying, “I get it – you matter. Yours was a life worth saving!” Now I hope you’ll go forth and do the same for others by supporting the California Human Rights Amendment. Let’s get this done.
– Rebecca Kiessling, family law attorney, Michigan
There is no scientific dispute about when human life begins. At the moment of conception, a new human being comes into existence, period, and we owe it to this tiny person to let her live! That’s all this personhood amendment is about – letting these little boys and girls live, and not killing them. It is a shame that this is controversial, but that’s the shameful state of the world and nation we live in. Let’s start healing this national shame by affirming the personhood of every human being – in law – and start living as if we mean it.
– Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President, Human Life International
Thank you so much for informing me of your tremendous effort on behalf of the pre-born. I express my full support of the California Human Rights Amendment, which is long overdue. When the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future (1972) decided to incorporate Planned Parenthood into the Department of Health and Human Services (the Department of Health, Education and Welfare at that time), the agenda to target inner-city communities where African Americans reside was solidified.
Now Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority communities throughout the United States, and their school-based clinics (also called school-based health centers) are in our nation’s public schools. It’s time to stop the funding of Planned Parenthood and halt the lucrative enterprise of killing human beings. The California Human Rights Amendment is an important step that will achieve this goal and I commend the Civil Rights Foundation for this effort.
– La Verne Tolbert, PhD, former Planned Parenthood board member, Georgia
I firmly believe that the crux of the discussion on abortion lies in the issue of personhood. At what point does an individual receive human rights? It is the singular discussion that will decide the issue on abortion, making virtually every other discussion irrelevant in comparison. Therefore, I wholeheartedly support the statewide effort to define personhood.
– Chris Clark, Pastor, East Clairemont Baptist Church, San Diego
Democrats for Life of America stands for the right to life of all who are genetically human, regardless of race, sex or stage of development. We seek legal protection of the right to life from conception to natural death and therefore support all nonviolent efforts to achieve this end – whether through legislation, ballot initiatives or court cases. California Democrats for Life endorses the proposed personhood initiative for California, especially as an educational tool to focus the attention of Californians on the plight of the unborn and women in crisis pregnancies.
– Edith Black, Democrats for Life of America
We publicly declare our admiration and total support for Rev. Walter Hoye and the California Human Rights Amendment. Our prayer is that personhood would be restored to its proper place in the minds, hearts and legislation of America.
– Dr. Clenard Childress, BlackGenocide.Org
I gotta say that Rev. Walter Hoye is a fearless defender of life and doesn’t let anything that comes against him knock him down. When things are thrown at him, he gets right back up and continues to fight for the rights of those who have no voice. He’s highly admired and is very dedicated to the cause of ending abortion and standing for life no matter what. The world needs more like him and we can definitely learn from the example of the selfless life he leads. As such, please support the California Human Rights Amendment.
– Brandi Lozier, Abortion Survivor
At a time in our culture where human life has been devalued to the point of “end-of-life counseling”, there is a desperate need for fair minded Americans to reaffirm the dignity of life. The personhood amendment is a chance for us to “get it right” in our culture. We are at a crossroads in America. In order for us to slow down the Darwinist view of life and to make the correct turn at this fork in the road we must enter this debate. To prevent Darwinists from defining life, devoid of our Judeo-Christian heritage, we must support personhood. Our voice must be heard! Support the California Human Rights Amendment.
– Pastor Stephen Broden, Black Pro-Life Movement
Apoyo totalmente la Enmienda de California de los Derechos Humanos. Como una Americana de origen Latino, mi corazon se quiebra al saber de la alta cantidad de ninos que son abortados dia tras dia debido a que el hecho de que cada bebe es una persona, no es defendido. Apoyo todos los derechos de cada persona antes de nacer a tener el derecho de la vida, la libertad y la busqueda de felicidad. Todos los humanos son personas, eso es sentido comun y todos los humanos merecen derechos. Animo a toda la comunidad Latina a votar por la Enmienda a los Derechos Humanos de California para proteger los derechos de los ninos dentro del vientre.
Translation: I totally support the California Human Rights Amendment. As an American of Latin origin, my heart is broken by the knowledge of the high amount of children who are aborted day after day, due to the fact that each baby is a person, is not defended. I support all the rights of each person before being born to have the right of the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All humans are persons, that is common sense and all humans deserve rights. I encourage all the Latin community to vote for the California Human Rights Amendment to protect the rights of children in the womb.
– Adryana Boyne, GOP National Delegate 2008 Spokesperson – Hispanic Affairs
I will definitely support and be a sponsor of the California Human Rights Amendment.
– Lila Rose, President, Live Action Films
Personhood is not only a principle but the cornerstone of efforts to attain justice and equality for all. Americans pursue protection for the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters because it is the right thing to do, and is indeed proper in a nation that recognizes civil rights for all except those who are not yet born. In this quest to recognize human rights for all, from their biological beginning until their natural death, American Life Lobby stands shoulder to shoulder with the Reverend Walter Hoye and his fellow California pro-lifers in the effort to gain support among voters for the California Human Rights Amendment.
– Judie Brown, President, American Life League
We have nibbled around the edges of the abortion holocaust for almost forty years and, during that time, more than 50 million babies have been slaughtered. Somewhere along the way, we lost sight of the fact that our goal is not to regulate abortion, restrict abortion, reduce the numbers of abortions or hammer out some sort of accommodation with the abortion lobby. Today, the most important question for the pro-life movement is: when are we going to return to our roots and drive a stake through the heart of this foul-smelling beast? And that doesn’t mean simply overturning Roe v. Wade. It means passing a constitutional amendment that affirms the personhood of the unborn from the instant of fertilization. Until that happens, this battle cannot end; it can only ebb and flow.
– Mark Crutcher, Life Dynamics
We, the leaders and women of the Jehovah Rophe Ministry for the Post Abortive Women of the Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley, openly declare our support for the California Human Rights Amendment, for Pastor Walter Hoye and the work he is doing on behalf of the unborn babies and our babies who now rest in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise His Holy Name!
– Prima Mosely, Jehovah Rophe Ministry for Post-Abortive Women
Any discussion of abortion should begin with acknowledging the personhood of the pre-born child. Human Life Alliance stands in solidarity with Reverend Walter Hoye and fully supports his efforts to put the California Human Rights Amendment on the 2010 California ballot.
– Jo Tolck, Executive Director, Human Life Alliance
While watching my new 17 week-old granddaughter on the sonogram screen with 3 of my daughters, a son-in-law and 3 grandchildren in the room, my eyes filled with tears and my heart filled with love. The California Human Rights Amendment will afford all children what my children and grandchildren have: a right to life, a right to a loving family, and a right to full protection under the law.
– Kathy Marler, San Diego
The California Human Rights Amendment is a historic initiative, pivotal to the preservation of decency within our society. How can any civilized people deny the right of personhood to any of its members? The ultimate test of how we fare as a society is how much love and respect we have for the most defenseless and vulnerable among us, for that is the extent to which we are willing to value all life – even our very own. Perpetrators of past crimes against humanity, such as slavery, genocide and human trafficking, have all managed to justify their grave transgressions by regarding their victims as something devoid of personhood and manipulating others to accept that belief. Let us close the door to the continuation of abuses against human life, which is the most fundamental of all civil rights. Join us in supporting the California Human Rights Amendment.
– Alberto González, President, Berkeley Students for Life
From its inception, America has not treated its citizenry well. Even while drafting the Declaration of Independence, the foundational document that guarantees every person the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it enslaved millions of blacks – defining them as property rather than persons. Women were just a notch above the slave, considered property as well, civilly dead (i.e. no right to own property or vote) – totally subjected to the whims of their father or husband. Like blacks and women, the baby in America today also has been placed in a nebulous category that denies its personhood while allowing for its destruction in the womb. Characterizing the child not as the human being it is, but as a nuisance, or inconvenient problem, America has once again denied a group of her citizens the promise of the founding fathers of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I support the California Human Rights Amendment because it will address this longstanding injustice by ensuring the least of its citizenry, the baby is recognized as the human being it is while ensuring its protection as guaranteed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
– Catherine Davis, Director of Minority Outreach, Georgia Right to Life; Legislative Director, Network of Politically Active Christians
California Southern Baptist Convention
Resolution On Dignity And Value Of Human Life
WHEREAS, The term person applies to all living human organisms from the beginning of their biological development, regardless of the means by which they were procreated, method of reproduction, age race, sex, gender, physical well-being, function, or condition of physical or mental dependency and/or disability; and
WHEREAS, The Baptist Faith and Message says of MAN, “The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man: therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love”; and
WHEREAS, Baptists also believe about the FAMILY, “Children, from the Moment of Conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord,” as the Baptist Faith and Message says; and
WHEREAS, Our Christian Brother and Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Walter B. Hoye II will begin in November to gather 1.2 million signatures by mid-April 2010 to put this initiative on the California Ballot; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the California Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Riverside California, in November 2009, goes on record to say that we will pray for and encourage initiatives that affirm or promote the biblical teachings regarding dignity and the value of all Human Life.
– Resolved with 100% Yes vote at First Southern Baptist Church Of Buena Park
Dr. Wiley S. Drake, Senior Pastor, 2nd Vice-President, Southern Baptist Convention
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
There is no greater gift than that of a beautiful baby. That gift has to begin somewhere, and it is at the point of conception. Size or development in no way affects a human’s right to life and protection under the law.
– Dran Reese, Director, Salt and Light Council
I am truly honored and humbled to call Rev. Walter B. Hoye II my brother in Christ. His words and actions embody the truest meaning of the Gospel left to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: “tend my sheep”. Rev. Hoye’s commitment to Life at all its stages is a true testimony to an unconditional love of all people, placed in him by God. When I first heard the story of Rev. Hoye, I immediately thought of him as a modern-day St. Paul, who was beaten, shipwrecked and even imprisoned for the Truth. I thank God for Rev. Hoye daily, and my wife and I continue to keep him and his family lifted up in our daily prayers, for Walter is a TRUE Warrior of Christ Jesus, armed with the Gospel of LOVE for all of God’s children, including His most cherished, the unborn. This is why I support the California Human Rights Amendment and Walter’s efforts to put this initiative on the ballot.
– Richard L. Lane, Catholic Evangelist, Co-Founder, Qorban Ministries
I fully endorse and pledge my support for the California Human Rights Amendment.
– Larry Pegram, President and Co-Founder, Values Advocacy Council, Silicon Valley
I fully support the California Human Rights Amendment, which would provide equal protection under the law to all human beings from conception to natural death. I am in agreement with the goal of the initiative to protect those in society who are helpless and have no voice. You have my full support in your efforts to get this important initiative on the 2010 ballot.
– Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND Action, Inc.