Do You Believe Us Now, America? (First they took away right to life, now comes liberty)

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 “life” to “liberty” and “the pursuit of happiness.”

The “unalienable rights” of the Declaration are derived from our being “created equal” by a “Creator” who “endowed” us with “certain unalienable rights.” 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 liberty—religious or otherwise. As the Wall Street Journal reported:

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