Art Coday on the Issues
"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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men..."
-Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence, America's birth certificate, could not be more clear. The purpose of our government is to secure our rights, and chief among them is the right to life.
The right to life is the primary right; from it all other rights are derived. Absent this right, we have no secure claim to other rights, including such cherished rights as private property ownership, free speech, freedom of religion, due process in legal proceedings, and the right to vote. Even our right to defend ourselves, as expressed in the Second Amendment, is predicated upon the fact that we have an unalienable right to life, and therefore a right to defend our life. This is why a profound appreciation of the right to life is the foundation for promoting all other individual rights. To the extent that this right is respected, protected, and promoted, both culturally and legally, all of the derivative rights we desire can in turn be respected, protected, and promoted.