Friday, July 22, 2011

The Constitutional Right to Life

It should, but doesn't, go without saying that the right to life is protected under the Constitution. How is it that I can say this? Let me ask you a question no judge has had the courage or the insight to ask in the nearly 40 years since Roe vs Wade came into law: If you do not have the right to life, what other right matters?

The right to life was actually defined in the Declaration of Independence when Thomas Jefferson wrote that it was a "self-evident" truth that all men had the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".  The order in which he wrote these words was not accidental nor incidental.  Without the right to life, there can be no liberty. Without liberty, there can be no pursuit of happiness.  The right to life is the most fundamental and basic right of any human being and it is THE right on which all other rights are based.

No other right carries the weight of this one right.  Environmental concerns aren't an issue for those whose residence is in a graveyard.  Whether or not we go to war does not matter one whit to the body in the coffin.  Overpopulation is not a concern for the dead, nor are taxes, or economic conditions, or gas prices, or free speech, or any of the host of other issues that we concern ourselves with when we elect politicians.  Without life, none of those issues matters.

A woman's "right to choose" does not trump a child's right to life. We all have a right to choose, but that right stops where another person's life begins.  I am free to do what I want with my body, up to the point where my body connects with another person's. I am not free to punch, kick, or harm another person - and neither is a woman free to "choose" to kill her own child. Incest and rape do not make a child less human, nor do genetic abnormalities or diseases.

For anyone who might be confused into voting for politicians whose voting record on abortion, birth control, and euthanasia is less than stellar because they believe that some other issue carries equal or greater weight, let me provide the clarity needed to vote appropriately.  Every other issue takes a back seat to life because without life, there are no issues that matter.  Voting for someone who can't see clearly, or ignores, the founding issue upon which the Constitution rests is like hiring a math teacher who can't do math.  It's an exercise that is sure to produce unsatisfactory results.

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