The Amendment

The language of the California Human Rights Amendment is as follows:

“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. 

WHO WOULD BE PROTECTED BY THE CALIFORNIA HUMAN RIGHTS AMENDMENT?Everyone!  All human beings, from conception to natural death.  That means babies in the womb, frozen embryos in laboratories, children, adults, the handicapped, the dying, and those dependent on feeding tubes and other medical support.  All are persons, and therefore due equal protection under the law.



“Our fathers, recognizing God as the author of human life, proclaimed it a ‘self evident truth’ that every human being holds from the Creator an inalienable right to live … If this right be denied, no other can be acknowledged.  If there be exceptions to this central, this universal proposition, that all men, without respect to complexion or condition, hold from the Creator the right to live, who shall determine what portion of the community shall be slain?  And who shall perpetrate the murders?”

~ Joshua R. Giddings, 1858, in reference to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Giddings (1795-1864) served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1826-1828. From December 1838 until March 1859 he was a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Emphasizing that slavery was a state institution, with which the Federal government had no authority to interfere, he contended that slavery could only exist by a specific state enactment. For that reason, he contended that slavery in the District of Columbia and in the Territories was unlawful and should be abolished; that the coastwise slave trade in vessels flying the national flag, like the international slave trade, should be rigidly suppressed; and that Congress had no power to pass any act that in any way could be construed as a recognition of slavery as a national institution.

His hatred of slavery led Giddings to abandon his initial allegiance to the Whig party for the Free-Soil party (1848), and in 1854-5, he became one of the leading founders of the Republican party. Giddings campaigned for Abraham Lincoln, even though Giddings and Lincoln disagreed over extreme antislavery. Throughout his life, Giddings was active in the Underground Railroad and was widely known (and condemned by some) for his egalitarian racial beliefs and actions.   ~ Wikipedia

More comparisons between the case against slavery and the case against abortion: