WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House representative in West Virginia’s 2nd District says life begins at conception.

“I just believe it’s a scientific fact. It’s not simply a religious fact or religious belief, I believe it’s a scientific fact and we should define when life begins,” Congressman Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) said.

This week, he’ll attempt to make that definition law when he introduces the “Life at Conception Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives. Citing the 14th Amendment, it will extend right to life protections to every unborn child or fetus – if approved.

In part, the bill reads, “The terms ‘human person’ and ‘human being’ include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, include the moment of fertilization, cloning or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”

“I just think it’s important that we stand for life and I’m proud to be doing that,” Mooney said of the proposal on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) introduced a similar measure last year.

“We don’t know what we can pass until we try,” Mooney said of this year’s attempt. “This bill had 130 co-sponsors last year and we’re over 50 now. It has a lot of support and I do think there’s a chance it could pass.”

According to Mooney, the lead sponsor, 1st District Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and 3rd District Congressman Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) are among the bill’s co-sponsors.

“Whether it passes or not, it’s the right thing to do,” Mooney said. “I believe it’ll bring the argument where it should be to at least talk about when life begins because some folks want to talk about abortion and never talk about when it’s a human life.”

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to permanently cut off federal funding for abortions.

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  • Gary K.

    And just like the rest of their agenda. It will never see the light of day. Just like Alex lack of oxygen to the brain.

  • Ted

    This issue was decided four decades ago by the Supreme Court under the U.S. Constitution. Whacko Republicans never take no for answer, and can't stand to lose on an issue. Hey U.S. House, let's vote 800 times to repeal the ACA.

  • Why?

    Why do politicians (namely republicans) try to tell people (namely women) how to live?

    • Rich

      And liberals tell women how to kill. Why?

      • rick

        Read the 9th Ammendment

  • wvu999

    Important issues that help all West Virginians

    Roe Vs Wade was 40 years ago

    Let's do something that's helps our state

  • Tom m.

    Republicans doing what they do best grandstanding. The do nothing party of America.

  • MTNR

    Like all other similar bills, this one will fail.

    It is nothing more than a headline grabbing act that he can put in a newsletter to pander to his base, aka the uninformed Republicans.

    And I still don't buy that Mooney is a real guy. He's my congressman and I still have never seen him with my own eyes.

  • Eastern Panhandle Hunter

    So the Maryland transplant comes to WV, gets elected and this is his first important bill? Unbelievable. How about working for the immediate needs of the state!!!!!!!

    • Rich

      Pot holes are more important than the unborn?

      • WVUMountaineer

        No they are not.

        Does not detract from my preference for a bucket of pond scum to be our Rep than this rank opportunist a.k.a. CARPETBAGGER.
        /s/ West Virginia for West Virginians Republican

  • Allan's Dehydrated Mushroom Powder

    I NEVER in my lifetime thought I would read an article about a Republican state a scientific fact for the reason to do something.

    • In da stickes

      You still haven't.

  • thornton

    Better to work on filling potholes and cutting timber than catering to a choir.

  • Robert C. Byrd

    Keep it up Republicans. This new found power will be short lived!

    • Rich

      Wow! I thought you had already passed Robert.

      • Dandus Moore

        Nonsense! Remember, in WV, dead Democrats vote straight party tickets!

        Bob Byrd lives on, every election day!

        • Rich

          You are right. lol I forgot.

  • Move On

    Mooney's Dad should have shot him in the flower pot or mom had a abortion.

  • Shadow

    Eighteen Trillion Dollars in debt and this idiot puts a bill like this in the hopper. If he wants to change what has been interpreted by the Supreme Court, then he should put in an Amendment to the Constitution. Thank God, he is not a surgeon, you don't know where he would start on an appendix.

  • RMOP

    Tumors are alive too. These extremist always want to overlook the body that it's attached to and reliant upon instead of trying to push 'real' scientific development to remove that fetus from the mother that doesn't want it at the earliest stage possible. Anyone that can't see this is religious not scientific doesn't really believe in the separation of church and State this nation was actually founded on.

    • uncle

      Chose your words more carefully please. I would not call a female who wants to remove a fetus, a mother. Maybe I'm wrong but a "mother" would want it.

      • Rich

        Thanks Uncle.

  • Jack Crab

    Mooney would love a Theocracy where he could help punish evil doers.

  • Barry Bledsoe

    I had a few doubts about Alex Mooney when he was elected. And I am not totally convinced yet. But...this is REALLY a start in the right direction! Go Mooney!

    • Bob

      You have just confirmed what I have always believed. You and Mooney are both wackos!

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