Knoxville — House File 138, the "personhood" bill was filed early this legislative session. As the House draws nearer to its final funnel, Rep. Greg Heartsill believes his colleagues need to hear from pro-life supporters to ensure that the bill moves forward.
To inspire these groups, Heartsill has written a letter, asking them to be more proactive in their support of the bill. The bill, drafted by Rep. Tom Shaw, and sponsored by Heartsill, defines life as beginning at conception.
The US Supreme Court, when ruling on Roe vs. Wade, indicated that abortions could be stopped at the state level, if states adopt that personhood begins at conception.
Heartsill told the Journal-Express this morning that he did not write the letter for the sake of stirring controversy. He just believes that if pro-lifers want to stand up for the idea that life begins at conception, more action needs to be taken to convince House leadership to keep the bill alive.
The text of Heartsill's letter to pro-life groups is pasted below.
March 4, 2013
Dear Pro-Life Friends,
Every once in a while it becomes necessary for a movement to take a step back and ask itself some very important and fundamental questions. Questions like “What is our objective?” and “What are we doing to meet that objective?”
The pro-life movement is at such a point. After 40 years and 55 million disposed lives, it is insane for us to keep insisting on doing the same, incremental approach over and over again, and yet expect different results.
Ask any self-proclaimed pro-life activist or politician, “When does life begin?” They will answer, with rare exception, “At conception.”
Life begins at conception. Together, we all profess this truth. But professing belief in a truth and taking action on that truth are two entirely different things.