“WE hold these truths to be self-evident…”
By Brian Johnston
The Right to Life is asserted as an observable, self-evident fact. “The laws of nature and of nature’s God” are to be seen in the objective reality of unique human lives.
The purpose of the Right to Life movement is to show forth those self-evident facts of human life, and to assure the protections of government for those lives. We do not assert our personal faith or idiosyncratic beliefs regarding those lives, we simply show the self-evident uniqueness of the individual. According to America’s founders, the just powers of all governments is derived from the intrinsic value and worth of the lives governed. The ‘power over lives’ is directly related to recognizing the value and uniqueness of those lives.
On Nov 10, 2016, the French Supreme Counsel shocked caring people world-wide, when they ruled that the mere image of a Down’s syndrome child could not be broadcast on national television. The smiling images were part of a campaign by the Down’s Syndrome Association, ‘Dear Future Mom,’ it showed the hope and joy of Down’s syndrome individuals.
The State Counsel said that allowing people with Down’s syndrome to smile on television was “inappropriate” because it was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices”. Note that the High Court has ruled ending the life of a Down’s child is not to be considered ‘inappropriate,’ but the true offense against humanity is the showing images of those joyful children.
In our movement the most difficult challenge is not merely the opposition of those who disagree, but the imperious use of government authority to suppress and dismiss the ‘self evident’ nature of the Right to Life, of the value and significance of each life, even the seemingly insignificant life. For Government to war against ‘self-evident’ truths, it must first commit itself to suppressing the evidence. In France, 96% of Down’s children are ‘eliminated’ via abortion.