Sanctity of Human Life Act

The Sanctity of Human Life Act[1] was a proposed piece of U.S. federal abortion legislation which would have conferred the status of full legal personhood on embryos beginning at fertilization or cloning.

Sanctity of Human Life Act
Great Seal of the United States
Full titleAn act to provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization
Introduced in112th United States Congress
Introduced onJanuary 7, 2011
Sponsored byPaul Broun
Number of co-sponsors65
Legislative history

Its 64 cosponsors, all Republicans,[2] included Todd Akin, whose comments about rape and abortion caused political controversy later in 2012, and the 2012 Republican presidential running mate Paul Ryan.[3][4]

It should not be confused with the "Sanctity of Life Act", which was a different bill introduced in its 2011 (112th Congress) version by Ron Paul with no cosponsors.


  1. ^ "H.R.212 -- Sanctity of Human Life Act (112th Congress)".
  2. ^ "H.R. 212: Sanctity of Human Life Act". Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. ^ Jeremy B. White (2012-08-21). "Akin Remarks Illuminate Paul Ryan's Abortion Views". International Business Times. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  4. ^ Greg Sargent (2012-08-20). "How bad is the Ryan-Akin anti-abortion bill?". The Plum Line. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-08-23.