It’s the world vs. Roe v. Wade

The Saline Courier - - OPINION - JIM HAR­RIS Con­ser­va­tive Corner

“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.

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