As Americans, we tend to be very proud of our numerous rights. The right to free speech.The right to possess arms. The right to protest. The right to kill a child. The right to a fair and speedy trial.
Wait a second… One of those is definitely not like the others.
Yawn. Cassie, this sounds like history class.
I know, just hang on.
The safest place in the world is in a mother’s womb. There is no outside element to affect a baby, mentally, emotionally, or physically. However, the institution of “the right” to terminate a child has changed this safety to mortality for one third of my generation.
All people have the right to liberty. For some reason, I totally understood liberty, but it was hard to explicitly state what it meant. So, straight from Merriam Webster, liberty is “the quality or state of being free.”
Why couldn’t I have said that? I don’t know. It feels like there should be more there. So I read on and found, “freedom from arbitrary or despotic control” and “the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges.” Liberty in the United States is not comparable to the freedoms of any other country. However, the government does not have the power to impose corrupt laws and institutions on its people, especially ones that destroy their first right as Americans.
Now, my favorite part.
The pursuit of happiness is chasing that which is good and enjoyable, for the benefit of the person. Without life, one cannot choose the way to find their own happiness.
For me, happiness is 18 holes of golf on a Saturday with my friends. Or a Milky Way. Or driving with the windows down on a warm day, jamming to some country music. Or playing my ukulele. Or visiting old friends.
Or a baby.
Children truly are life. They are freedom and liberty. They are the pursuit of happiness.All children are joyful, energized, and excited about living. To take away that beauty and inherent freedom from the most innocent is not a right. The future of our country and its citizens lie in your hands, will you fight for the right to life?