Gregorian Institute Vaughn Kohler
The pro-life movement has long argued the inextricable link between the right to life and the other two rights affirmed in our Declaration of Independence. There is a reason, we have argued, the Founding Fathers intentionally wed â€œlifeâ€ to â€œlibertyâ€ and â€œthe pursuit of happiness.â€
The â€œunalienable rightsâ€ of the Declaration are derived from our being â€œcreated equalâ€ by a â€œCreatorâ€ who â€œendowedâ€ us with â€œcertain unalienable rights.â€ Without the first of these rights, there is no basis for the second and third. Our liberty as Americans is based upon our identity as human persons. We have been given liberty because we have been given life.
Everyone from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other religious leaders to USA Today recognizes that the contraceptive mandates handed down by the Obama administration represent a clear and present danger to libertyâ€”religious or otherwise. As the Wall Street Journal reported:
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