Today on Twitter, Pope Francis tweeted the following message:
"I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us to respect all life, especially the most vulnerable."
In recent years many groups who find themselves subjected to less than the full piece of the American dream have come forward to advocate for their civil rights. In declaring our independence from tyranny the founding fathers expressly wrote of our non-negotiable rights for the simple fact that we are human beings by saying:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." (Declaration of Independence, adopted by Congress July 4, 1776)
Thus begins the far-reaching statement that built a nation founded upon human rights, civil rights, and equality. After 238 years, there exist groups within these United States that continue to fight for their right to life, their rights to liberty, and their rights to the pursuit of happiness. And those who cannot speak for themselves have voices who speak on their behalf.
Today, January 22, 2014, marks the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which chose to put forward the rights of one group over that of another - the rights of women over their unborn children, the privileges of female citizens to have full civil rights at the expense of the rights of their offspring, even though the children in-utero have been created with unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Why, after 41 years are there still women fighting against this right? Why, after four decades is there a young generation advocating for the rights of the unborn? What makes this issue gain momentum each year rather than fizzling out? The answer lies in the realm of Civil Rights.
If scientists were to discover a single-celled creature living on the planet Mars whose very existence was biologically dependent upon its environment to sustain growth, our world would clamor: there is life on Mars. Would anyone have the right to destroy its very existence? Certainly not. Yet, the so-called organism that exists inside of a woman who is biologically dependent upon its environment to sustain life is regarded as expendable by its mother and nearly half of society while the other half fights for its rights. The sperm of a human male which fertilizes the ovum of a human female will produce nothing other than a human fetus. Does not a human fetus, once created, deserve Equal Rights and protection under the laws of our country which serve to resist tyranny? Are not the most vulnerable members of society entitled to equality under our laws? It is for this reason that thousands of people descend upon Washington DC (snow, freezing temperatures, and all) and participate in the March for LIFE. What they are marching for is Equal Rights for Biologically Dependent Humans. It continues to remain a civil rights issue, regardless of religion, or race, or political affiliation - it is a statement for the value of life. Biologically-dependent humans are entitled to equal rights under the laws of the United States of America.