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What irony that the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the March for Life, and the State of the Union all fall in the same week.

It all goes together.

The Constitution requires that the president “reports on the condition of the nation”. The Constitution, in the Fourteenth Amendment, provides the due process clause that Justice Harry Blackmun and the Roe court tortured into a previously unimaginable configuration that stretched the right to privacy into the ‘right’ to abortion. And the Declaration of Independence defined certain rights, especially the “sweeping statement”…that has been called “one of the best-known sentences in the English language” and “the most potent and consequential words in American history”.

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.

So, how is the state of the union at this point? When the first unalienable right is rescinded by the Supreme Court, and state’s rights to protect it are nullified? When the political party that stands for abortion ‘rights’ is headed by the president who stands on Monday for the protection of abortion rights and on Tuesday in the well of Congress delivering a spectacularly staged and showy speech filled with great clouds of words that included this:

We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution.

Not anymore. Because abortion policy denies the fundamental right to life, without which other rights have no coherent meaning.

Mother Teresa knew the state of this union better than the politicians who run it, and she stated it in fewer words with more clarity than most of them can.

“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men.

It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters”…

Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.”

So at the end of the day….at the end of the week….we’ve heard virtually nothing from big, secular media about the anniversary of Roe and he massive, impressive and largely youthful March for Life. We’ve heard little else but partisan politics and the SOTU address and President Obama’s theme: Win the Future.

What irony. How can we plan to win the future when we can’t guarantee that there will be one for all human beings?

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