I agree. Sorry, my comment was noncommital and cryptic.
I agree that a plain reading of the 14th Amendment and its language concerning the rights of persons would support a Supreme Court ruling protecting the unborn from conception.
The problem is that I am neither a lawyer nor a civil magistrate. Judges must approach the meanings of words in their historical context, not what it could be made to say.
I believe Judge Bork had the better of the argument concerning our legal history and tradition, which is what Dobbs was decided on. Our founding fathers and their sons and grandsons did not understand personhood to extend to sperm meeting egg and the zygote. This may have been because they were sinners, or that they lacked the scientific knowledge we have today.
Nonetheless I can’t fault modern day followers of Harry Jaffa, nor the Catholic integralist school of Vermeule and Amahri, for wanting American jurisprudence to be guided by natural law and a higher view of justice than simply faithfully interpreting texts and keeping our procedural hands clean. It’s very attractive to me.
I fear however that if we were to go this route, any decision a future pro life Court would hand down would be vulnerable to originalist and textualist attack, just as Roe was. Victory could easily become defeat.
Like you, I think the best answer is to amend the Constitution to make the status of the unborn clear.
My mind became more made up as I reflected on the rather open ended language of the 14th Amendment as regards persons, and how innovators of the past and present have used the open ended language to argue that, say, women must be granted the franchise, or those of the same sex must be married and given an equal chance at adopting children.
In fact, wisely in the case of the women’s vote, our forefathers decided to amend the Constitution rather than have the Supreme Court decree it. They remembered how the nation was driven to war by Dred Scott. Similarly, even with race based human bondage, we dealt with it as a people not through clever court decisions, but by amending the Constitution.
About half the states now have laws on the books restricting abortion to varying degrees. Pursuing ratification is monumental, but perhaps not so insane that we ought not try or pray for it.