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From its inception, America has not treated its citizenry well. Even while drafting the Declaration of Independence, the foundational document that guarantees every person the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it enslaved millions of blacks - defining them as property rather than persons. Women were just a notch above the slave, considered property as well, civilly dead (i.e. no right to own property or vote) – totally subjected to the whims of their father or husband. Like blacks and women, the baby in America today also has been placed in a nebulous category that denies its personhood while allowing for its destruction in the womb. Characterizing the child not as the human being it is, but as an nuisance, or inconvenient problem, America has once again denied a group of her citizens the promise of the founding fathers of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I support the California Equal Rights Amendment because it will address this longstanding injustice by ensuring the least of its citizenry, the baby, is recognized as the human being it is while ensuring its protection as guaranteed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

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