H. R. 2533
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 20, 2009
Mr. Paul (for himself and Mr. Bartlett) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Sanctity of Life Act of
Finding and declaration
The Congress finds that present day scientific evidence indicates a significant likelihood that actual human life exists from conception.
Upon the basis of this finding, and in the exercise of the powers of the Congress—
the Congress declares that—
human life shall be deemed to exist from conception, without regard to race, sex, age, health, defect, or condition of dependency; and
person shall include all human life as defined in subparagraph
the Congress recognizes that each State has the authority to protect lives of unborn children residing in the jurisdiction of that State.
Limitation on appellate jurisdiction
Chapter 81 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
Appellate jurisdiction; limitation
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 1253, 1254, 1257, and 1258, 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—
protects the rights of human persons between conception and birth; or
prohibits, limits, or regulates—
the performance of abortions; or
the provision of public expense of funds, facilities, personnel, or other assistance for the performance of abortions.
The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 81 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
1260. Appellate jurisdiction; limitation.
Limitation on district court jurisdiction
Chapter 85 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
Limitation 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.
The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 85 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
1370. Limitation on jurisdiction.
This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, and shall apply to any case pending on, or commenced on or after, such date of enactment.
If any provision of this Act or the amendments made by this Act, or the application of this Act or such amendments to any person or circumstance is determined by a court to be invalid, the validity of the remainder of this Act and the amendments made by this Act and the application of such provision to other persons and circumstances shall not be affected by such determination.