A right to life… A right to living

The Declaration of Independence talks about life, liberty,  and the pursuit of happiness as inalienable rights.

They can’t, it claims, be taken away. 

We talk a lot about liberty and happiness I think.  The right to life some would have us believe  is just about abortion and to be pro-life is to be against abortion and not a lot more.

I listened to a man this morning who has been homeless for many years. He lives in a tent.

He talked about the right to life sustaining activities.

The homeless shelter has something called a white flag night. It means when the temperature drops below 32 degrees they open their doors to everyone.

People have the right not to freeze to death…… But the doors are not open for him. He has a criminal record and for him there are no open doors. He is a good man. He is a liaison to Mayors council on homelessness. But no open doors…

He is free only to be cold. Free only to….

If you believe in the right to life you must believe in the right to life sustaining activities but I have never heard anyone say it is pro-life to make sure people don’t freeze to death.

If people have the right to life how can they not have the right to have a warm place to stay at night? How can they not have the right not to be hungry? How can they not have a right to health care if they have a right to life and a right to life means access to life sustaining activities?

One good way to look at politicians is to what degree would they deny those they represent access to life sustaining activities? Are they for or against life? That question alone sheds light on those who would have you elect them to represent you… Much needed light.

When I listen to pro life folks talk it is almost like they think you can be pro-life without being pro-living.

Makes no sense.

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