S.J.Res. 17 (97th): A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States for the protection of unborn children and for other purposes.


Jan 22, 1981
97th Congress, 1981–1982

Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on January 22, 1981, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Edwin “Jake” Garn

Senator from Utah


About the resolution

Summary (CRS)

1/22/1981--Introduced.Constitutional Amendment - Defines "person" to include the unborn for the purpose of the right to life guarantee. Makes such amendment inapplicable to laws permitting medical procedures required to prevent ... Read more >

The resolution’s title was written by its sponsor.


Jan 22, 1981

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This is a Senate joint resolution in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.J.Res.” in “S.J.Res. 17”). A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.


29 cosponsors (21R, 8D) (show)
Committee Assignments

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There have been no roll call votes related to this resolution.

Subject Areas
Related Bills
H.J.Res. 62 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 5, 1981

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