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The Right to Food and Water
by Ronald L. Conte Jr.

A U.S. Constitutional Amendment is needed in order to guarantee that no one will ever be deliberately starved to death in this great nation again. The following suggestion for a U.S. Constitutional Amendment is intended to further protect and specify the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The Right to Food and Water

Section 1. All persons, regardless of age, medical or physical condition, or mental state, have an inalienable right to food and water.

Section 2. No person shall be denied sufficient food and water for survival and for adequate health.

Section 3. No person shall be deprived of life by means of a denial or reduction in food or water.

Section 4. No living will or other document of any kind shall be considered valid in any provision that permits or requires food or water to be withdrawn or limited, if death or serious harm would result.

Section 5. Individual persons, who are of an age and mental state competent to decide their own affairs, shall not be denied the right to engage in a fast for reasons of religion, conscience, health, or personal well-being. However, fasting until death shall not be permitted for any reason.

Section 6. All hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and other residential care facilities shall provide adequate food and water to all their patients and residents.

Section 7. All other articles of this Constitution, and of any law in the United States, and of any constitution or law in any State, shall not withstand the provisions of this article.

Section 8. All judgments, decisions, rulings, and orders of any kind whatsoever, by any court of law in the United States and in any State, shall not withstand the provisions of this article.

Section 9. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 10. This amendment shall take effect six months after the date of ratification.

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