Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

September 3, 2021
Weekly Columns

In a landmark case, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Texas’ Heartbeat Act, which prohibits abortion after six weeks when the unborn child has a detectable heartbeat. This is a big win for the pro-life movement and those who believe that all life is valuable and precious, regardless of status or circumstances.

Anyone who knows me understands how passionately I feel about the Right to Life issue. I am grateful that because of this law, thousands of children may live. They will become an integral part of their families, make friends, choose a career path, provide incredible contributions to our society, and experience the highs and lows of life for themselves. 

We have a moral obligation to ensure that the unborn are treated with the same human dignity as everyone else. Difficult circumstances do not mean that a life is not worth living. To imply otherwise is contemptuous and short-sighted. After all, if being born poor or with a disability is a circumstance to be avoided through abortion, the world would have been robbed of millions of people who contributed greatly to their communities and to the fabric of human life.  

The Guttmacher Institute reported that in 2017 alone, Texas provided over 55,000 abortions. If allowed to stand by the lower courts, this law will drastically lower that number in the future. That means thousands of children will now have a chance to enjoy the same rights and joys of life as everyone else.  

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization involving Mississippi’s 15-week abortion limit. I look forward to its ruling with hope that one day every unborn child will be afforded the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.