The Foundation


By Nick Kovacs


Protecting human life from conception to natural death is an issue that affects every human being regardless of political party, political ideology, and religious affiliation, making this issue the paramount issue over all others.  How can we even attempt to debate policies such as war, health care, and tax cuts if the very question of human existence is at stake?  Our God-given right to life is the very foundation that must be intact before the other God-given rights of freedom and the pursuit of happiness can exist.  Adolf Hitler for example had many wonderful social policies to strengthen the German economy and build national security, but his overall policies were built on the foundation of going against the Natural Moral Law, by exterminating the innocent Jewish people—in other words, denying people the right to life.  Once the right to live is called into question, how can there even be a discussion about the right to freedom and the right to pursue happiness?

People can disagree on prudential decisions such as war and economics, but every human person must be united in understanding that protecting the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death, is the foundational issue which all other issues are based! How can people be helped by prudential decisions in this life, when they are dead? If a democratic nation refuses to uphold the Natural Moral Law, that nation will collapse, because the right to life of its citizens is threatened. For a nation to be a beacon of democracy, it must uphold the Natural Moral Law.

 To understand what I am getting at in greater detail, let us examine Paragraph 23 of the 1998 statement, "Living the Gospel of Life", by the USCCB:

As we stressed in our 1995 statement Political Responsibility: "The application of Gospel values to real situations is an essential work of the Christian community." Adopting a consistent ethic of life, the Catholic Church promotes a broad spectrum of issues "seeking to protect human life and promote human dignity from the inception of life to its final moment." Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excuse indifference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice. Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health care. Therefore, Catholics should eagerly involve themselves as advocates for the weak and marginalized in all these areas. Catholic public officials are obliged to address each of these issues as they seek to build consistent policies which promote respect for the human person at all stages of life. But being 'right' in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. Indeed, the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the 'rightness' of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community. If we understand the human person as the "temple of the Holy Spirit" -- the living house of God -- then these latter issues fall logically into place as the crossbeams and walls of that house. All direct attacks on innocent human life, such as abortion and euthanasia, strike at the house's foundation. These directly and immediately violate the human person's most fundamental right -- the right to life. Neglect of these issues is the equivalent of building our house on sand. Such attacks cannot help but lull the social conscience in ways ultimately destructive of other human rights. As Pope John Paul II reminds us, the command never to kill establishes a minimum which we must respect and from which we must start out "in order to say 'yes' over and over again, a 'yes' which will gradually embrace the entire horizon of the good" ("Evangelium Vitae", 75).

Through the imagery laid out by the bishops in Paragraph 23 of "Living the Gospel of Life", we see the necessity of democratic nations to embrace the Natural Moral Law in order to be beacons of  democracy.  How is human life  and the fabric of democracy protected, when unjust acts such as abortion, euthanasia, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and contraception are embraced by our society? You see, by denying the vulnerable life, we become a society that is just as guilty as the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11! Just like terrorism is an attack against the fabric of democracy, denying the vulnerable life is also an attack against the fabric of democracy!

As you can see, the right to life is an essential requirement for a nation to be a beacon of democracy.  One of the most important ways for a democratic nation to preserve the fundamental right to life, is for each of its citizens to use the Pro-Life ideology (Natural Moral Law) in the voting booth. To understand in more detail on why the Natural Moral Law must be used in the voting booth to preserve democracy, ask yourself the following question: If a candidate supported terrorism, would I ask the candidate; "I disagree with you on terrorism, but where do you stand on the other issues?"  I know this question sounds crazy, because no freedom loving human being would ever support a politician who supports terrorism, but when you say to yourself; "This candidate favors legal abortion. I disagree. But I'm voting for him/her because he/she has good ideas to make America secure and prosperous.", your vote for that Anti-Life candidate is an attack against the fabric of democracy (Read "You Wouldn't Even Ask" by Fr. Frank Pavone for more information), just like voting for a politician who supports terrorism would.

I know some of you must be thinking while reading this article that I am a single issue voter, because I am only focusing on the right to life issue. If this is what some of you are thinking, you completely have not read this article. You see, since protecting human life from conception to natural death is the foundation for all other issues, you preserve democracy when embracing the Natural Moral Law in the voting booth. I like to call voters who use the Natural Moral Law in the voting booth; foundational voters.

So when it is election season, every citizen needs to preserve democracy in their nation by becoming foundational voters.  If voters refuse to become foundational voters; just like how a house built on the foundation of sand will collapse, so too will a nation if voters vote Anti-Life. May Christ; the King of all Nations, who is the true ruler of this world, make every citizen preserve the foundation (human life) of his/her nation, by becoming foundational voters.