this si the full text of the equal protection clause "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." there is an "And" but that deals with jurisdiction. I am unaware of any interpretation of the clause that says it expands the defintion provied before the comma. but the equal protection clause is not the only thing at issue ina case like this. In the end, yes the issue is when life begins. After all it is not legal to murder a non US citizen even if they don't fall into that definition. So yes the issue is when does life begin and what is the state's role in this decision. But we are REALLY splitting hairs here guys.