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The Unalienalbe Right to Life for Terri Schiavo

Saturday, March 19, 2005
"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, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,..." The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

"As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me" (Mt. 25:40)

If, in fact, all American and all people of the world are as the founders of the United States are endowed with the UNALIENABLE RIGHT TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS then would we as Americans be going directly agaist the expressed intent of the founders if we denied the basic right to life to Terri Schiavo or others, including children in the womb of their mothers? Is it not the duty and responsibility of a goverment for and by the people to take upon itself the task to insure that the basic rights of all it's people, especially those who have no voice are protected? Is it not the duty of goverment to work for the common good of all her citizens to protect basic rights to all not just those who have a voice by virtue of their health, state in life, age, occupation, financial resources and the like? If we stand for true civil rights then would not those rights that so many have given their lives for be for all the people and not just a select few or the 'politically' correct? What is true civil rights to just be politically correct to the age or the majority or to work for true rights for all peoples? If we as a society can allow or disallow the basic rights of a person because of their state in life then are we no better than those that we disavow because of their hatred of a certain class or race? It is not only the right for those in leadership in goverment and for all of us who have any voice to protect the basic rights of the few; it is our solem duty and resposibility. It is the duty of every American, especially those who call their selves 'civil rights activists' to protect the dignity of all people regardless of age, sex, disability, income, race, creed or orientation. I belive, if we are truely a freedom loving people that we must fight to insure the basic freedom to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' to everyone; whether at the end of life or at the first glimmer of life. All peoples deserve to breath free... all people deserve the very fundamental right to live. When we deny the rights of the voiceless we ultimately deny our own voice and our own rights.
Below are a couple more quotations which may be helpful. May God bless you all as we prepare for Palm Sunday and Holy Week. May God bless Terri Schiavo and her family and all who have no voice in their own destiny.
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!
Ed

"...today we are witnessing a predominance, not without signs of opposition, of the democratic ideal, together with lively attention to and concern for human rights. But for this very reason it is necessary for peoples in the process of reforming their systems to give democracy an authentic and solid foundation through the explicit recognition of those rights.
Among the most important of these rights, mention must be made of the right to life..." From the Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus of Pope John Paul II, 1 May 1991

"Solidarity... is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.." #38 in Solicitudo Rei Socialis On Social Concern of Pope John Paul II

"Peoples and individuals aspire to be free, a noble and legitimate desire. Human beings are totally free only when they are completely themselves in the fullness of their rights and duties. The main obstacle to that freedom is sin and the structures produced by sin." #46 in Solicitudo Rei Socialis On Social Concern of Pope John Paul II

"Individual human beings are the foundation, the cause and the end of every social institution. That is necessarily so, for men are by nature social beings. This fact must be recognized, as also the fact that they are raised in the plan of Providence to an order of reality which is above nature." #219 in Mater et Magistra (Mother and Teacher)Pope John XXIII, 1961

"Wherefore, whatever the progress in technology and economic life, there can be neither justice nor peace in the world, so long as men fail to realize how great is their dignity; for they have been created by God and are His children." #215 in Mater et Magistra (Mother and Teacher)Pope John XXIII, 1961

"It is necessary that public authorities have a correct understanding of the common good. This embraces the sum total of those conditions of social living, whereby people are enabled more fully and more readily to achieve their own perfection." #65 in Mater et Magistra (Mother and Teacher)Pope John XXIII, 1961

"Human life is the basis of all goods and is the necessary source and condition of every human activity and of all society. Most people regard life as something sacred and hold that no one may dispose of it at will, but believers see in life something greater, namely, a gift of God's love, which they are called upon to preserve and make fruitful. And it is this latter consideration that gives rise to the following consequences:
1. No one can make an attempt on the life of an innocent person without opposing God's love for that person, without violating a fundamental right, and therefore without committing a crime of the utmost gravity. (4)
2. Everyone has the duty to lead his or her life in accordance with God's plan. That life is entrusted to the individual as a good that must bear fruit already here on earth, but that finds its full perfection only in eternal life.
3. Intentionally causing one's own death, or suicide, is therefore equally as wrong as murder; such an action on the part of a person is to be considered as a rejection of God's sovereignty and loving plan. Furthermore, suicide is also often a refusal of love for self, the denial of the natural instinct to live, a flight from the duties of justice and charity owed to one's neighbor, to various communities or to the whole of society -- although, as is generally recognized, at times there are psychological factors present that can diminish responsibility or even completely remove it.
However, one must clearly distinguish suicide from that sacrifice of one's life whereby for a higher cause, such as God's glory, the salvation of souls or the service of one's brethren, a person offers his or her own life or puts it in danger (cf. Jn. 15:14)." DECLARATION ON EUTHANASIA, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, May 5, 1980
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