Oct. 19, 2005, 9 a.m.

On Human Rights

The term human rights is ever present in media in an aftermath of any rally, political or otherwise, especially if the attendees are dispersed by the police. I believe in the right to free expression, but it has limits. Other rights are there enshrined in the Constitution's Bill of Rights. The most basic right however is the right to life (you can't express yourself fully if you're dead). This is apparently ignored in the media. Sometimes a well known personality is said to be a defender of human rights, and most of the time I'm disappointed with them. Why? When asked about the morality of abortion, they have no comment, or sometimes they say it's the mother's right to abortion because it's her body. But how about the unborn child? They have no rights at all! I think U.S. law does not recognize the unborn as persons at all!

When asked about one's hero in human rights advocacy, several names are mentioned. But the greatest human rights advocate was the late John Paul II. The "right to life should be respected from conception up to natural death," he said. Abortion and euthanasia are abominations, which should be outlawed.

The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in religious and moral matters, is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of man. But the exercise of freedom does not entail the putative right to say or do anything (CCC 1747).

Are you a human rights activist? Defend life!