Right to Life
Posted on January 25, 2008 | By wally
This morning two letters to the editor at the Herald caught my attention. From their titles I guessed that both authors were pro-choice. Pro-choice being buzz for I’m OK with killing children so long as they aren’t born yet.
Why do other people think they should control someone else’s life? …
Everyone should live their life the way their religion teaches. But decisions should be made by the person involved,…
Says declaration doesn’t guard unborn
John McCain in a recent campaign speech claimed as a pro-life Republication he believes that “life, liberty…” in the Declaration applies to the unborn.
As a progressive, I understand expanding “life” to the unborn, but I think it sounds like an activist judge talking because there is no explicit support in the document itself.
After reading both letters I found it pretty obvious that the first author was pro-choice, but I can’t really assume that of the second author, but I am suspicious. I can say though that I think the authors are both dead wrong for pretty much the same reason.
First, “other people” don’t “think they should control someone else’s life.” Other people, myself included, think that you should control your own life in a way that doesn’t harm other’s lives. As in the lives of unborn children. In lieu of your own self control, we the “other people” do have a responsibility to protect the life of unborn children in our society. That responsibility is where the second author missed the boat.
Yes their is “explicit support in the document itself.” Our founding fathers valued their God given life and they did write that view into the rules that bind our society into one nation. John McCain did have it right on this subject.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
This opening portion of our Declaration of Independence defines the base of who we are as a society. We believe that all are created equal. We believe that all are endowed by their Creator with an unalienable right to life. This is not a legal right which as such, could be denied through changes in law, but rather it is declared as a natural right. A right that is endowed by a creator and that supersedes law.
Some state constitutions in development during this era used the word “born” rather than “created.” Thomas Jefferson, who most say wrote this portion of our Declaration of Independence, could have followed suit and used the word “born”, but he didn’t. He used the word created. I think Thomas Jefferson as well as any sane person today, knows that there is a big difference between creation of life and mere birth. The people who started this nation and the people who still subscribe to its tenants believe that rights are endowed at creation.
Right to Life is more than just a catchy slogan, it is a tenant of our society and nation. We have a responsibility as members of this nation to secure and maintain those tenants. And if we are not bound together by participation in the tenants of our society, then we are not a society, nor a nation.