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Introduced in House (07/19/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2764

To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 19, 2013

Mr. Stockman (for himself, Mr. Neugebauer, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Bonner, and Mr. Duncan of South Carolina) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Sanctity of Life Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Findings and declaration.

(a) Findings.—Congress finds that uncontroverted scientific evidence has always shown that actual human life exists from the moment of conception.

(b) Declaration.—Upon the basis of these findings, and in the exercise of the powers of the Congress, the Congress hereby declares that human life shall be deemed to exist from fertilization, without regard to race, sex, age, health, defect, or condition of dependency; and “person” shall include all human life as defined herein. Congress further recognizes that each State has a compelling interest in protecting the lives of those within the State’s jurisdiction whom the State rationally regards as human beings.

SEC. 3. Limitation on jurisdiction.

(a) Chapter 81 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding the following new section and renumbering any appropriate section accordingly:

§ 1260. Appellate jurisdiction; limitations

“ Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 1253, 1254, and 1257 of this chapter, the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any case arising out of any statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, practice, or any part thereof, or arising out of any act interpreting, applying, enforcing, or effecting any statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, or practice, on the grounds that such statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, practice, act, or part thereof (1) protects the rights of human persons between conception and birth, or (2) prohibits, limits, or regulates (a) the performance of abortions or (b) the provision of public expense of funds, facilities, personnel, or other assistance for the performance of abortions.”.

(b) The section analysis of chapter 81 of title 28 is amended by adding the following new item:

SEC. 4. Limitation on jurisdiction.

(a) Chapter 85 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new section and renumbering any appropriate section accordingly:

§ 1365. Limitations on jurisdiction

“ Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the district courts shall not have jurisdiction of any case or question which the Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction to review under section 1260 of this title.”.

(b) The section analysis at the beginning of chapter 85 of title 28 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new item:

SEC. 5. Effective date.

The provisions of this Act shall take effect immediately upon enactment.

SEC. 6. Severability.

If any provision of this Act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is judicially determined to be invalid, the validity of the remainder of the Act and the application of such provision to other persons and circumstances shall not be affected by such determination.