Ben Thompson
December 2, 2004
The Constitution is a pro-life document
By Ben Thompson

There is a direct relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Declaration states what our God-given rights are, "life, liberty, pursuit of happines" (property) and why we declared our independence. The Constitution explains what form of government will best guard these rights.

In his original draft Thomas Jefferson used the term "property" rather than "pursuit of happiness," because owning our own property is so important to our independence and happiness. The majority of our Founders preferred the more general term in the declaration, but used Jefferson's exact language in the Constitution.

It is important to understand that the Bill of Rights is legally considered part of the original Constitution. The items in the Bill of Rights were originally numbered as "articles," like the sections of the Constitution, not in the present form as "amendments." Most of those who signed the Constitution did it with the understanding that a bill of rights would shortly follow, which it did in 1791.

Our Founders wanted all to clearly understand that none of these God-given (natural) rights could be taken away unless we did something specific to cause that loss and that that action was to be proven before a jury of our peers or due process of law. The fifth amendment makes it clear that even if we are accused of a crime we do not lose our basic rights. The proper implementation of habeaus corpus helps guarantee these rights, including the basic right to life, using the exact language which Jefferson originally used in the Declaration: "no person (an unborn baby is a person) shall... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law."

The fourteenth amendment reiterates this basic principle: "nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."

Can anyone tell us what crimes unborn children have committed for which they should lose their lives? Of course agruments which support abortion are pure nonsense and evil in nature.

This goes directly to the heart of Roe v. Wade and unequivocably proves that the Supreme Court made an unconstitutional decision. This is specifically why the pro-abortion folks do not want unborn children recognized as a "person."

Dissenting opinion on Roe v. Wade (emphasis added):

"At the heart of the controversy in these cases are those recurring pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to the life or health of the mother but are, nevertheless, unwanted for any one or more of a variety of reasons convenience, family planning, economics, dislike of children, the embarrassment of illegitimacy, etc. ... I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court's judgment. ... As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court." Justice Byron R. White.

Not only is abortion constitutionally illegal it is a great sin in God's sight.

Let's show courage and common sense as we stand up for the rights of the unborn and all of our God-given constitutional rights.

© Ben Thompson


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Ben Thompson, 60, of New Ulm, Minnesota, has a masters degree in counseling & psychological services, with concentration with juvenile justice, from St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota... (more)

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