It’s the world vs. Roe v. Wade
“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness “is a well-known phrase in the Declaration of Independence. Most people don’t know that is the edited version of Thomas Jefferson’s idea.
Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, but it was edited by the Committee of Five. That committee consisted of Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and New York Chancellor Robert Livingston.
A side note here: Sherman, one of the less known Founding Fathers, is the only person to have signed the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Association, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.
Jefferson originally wrote: “We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The edited version of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness “is the perfect example of inalienable rights which the Founding Fathers believed were given to all people by their creator.
Jefferson and his editors agreed that “life” was first because it is the most important. Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” are worthless without having life.
On July 9, 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.
This was one of the Reconstruction amendments passed after the Civil War to protect freed slaves.
Section 1 of that amendment says: “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 law.”
The irony of the Fourteenth Amendment is that the “privacy clause” in it was twisted to allow a liberal U.S. Supreme Court to declare abortion is a “right.” Nowhere in the Constitution or any of the amendments is the word “abortion” used.
This amendment was also used in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges where the Supreme Court required all states to perform and recognize the marriages of same-sex couples on the same terms and conditions as the marriages of opposite-sex couples.
It has become the go-to law to use to get things that could never be passed in state legislature transformed into legal precedent by justices litigating from the bench.
The Fourteenth Amendment is also what the then-liberal leaning Supreme Court twisted in 1973 to make its ruling in Roe v. Wade.
Anybody who thinks the people who passed the 14th Amendment had legalizing abortion in mind when they passed it does not know their history.
In 1869, the Catholic Church banned abortion at any stage of pregnancy. In 1873, Congress passed the Comstock law, which made it illegal to distribute contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs through the U.S. mail. Most state legislatures of that day outlawed abortion.
Roe v. Wade ignored this history and that case has divided this country since then.
Some Americans enjoy the idea of having a form of retroactive birth control available and having the government pay for it. Abortion providers are heavy contributors to elect Democrats so these providers can collect taxpayer dollars.
Conservatives believe that abortion is depriving a person — small, defenseless and unborn — of life and making liberty and the pursuit of happiness worthless.
The political pendulum swings in this country. The highest court in the land now has a conservative majority that does not like litigating from the bench.
Democrats are fearful that a ruling reversing Roe v. Wade and putting abortion regulation into the hands of state legislatures will cut off their flow of federal dollars to the abortion providing industry. That would cut campaign donations to Democrats.
In July 2018 retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who supported abortion, retired. He provided the crucial fifth vote to block overturning Roe v. Wade.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the most liberal members of the high court, has sworn she will fight to keep abortion a “right.”
The senior liberal of the court, she was born on March 15, 1933. She and her proabortion supporters know that time is not on their side on this issue.
Liberals believe that if the Supreme Court — with or without Ginsburg on it — reverses Roe v. Wade, the court will determine that this country must protect life at any stage in order for liberty and the pursuit of happiness to have any meaning.