Vice-President Kamala Harris commemorated the 5th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by indicating that she does not feel LIFE is part of the Declaration of Independence. As the Washington Examiner writes;
“Yes, Harris gave a speech defending abortion, and she deliberately omitted the declaration’s guarantee of an inalienable right to life. Why? Because if you admit that humans have a right to life, then it becomes pretty hard to defend terminating living humans before they are born. Harris was trying to argue not only that aborting humans is fine but that abortion is “a fundamental right, a basic freedom.” Accordingly, she had to erase the “life” part from her citation of the declaration. Maybe the explanation is this simple: Harris is really bad with words. The abortion speech, though, was a written speech. She and her speechwriters were intentional in excising the right to life. Maybe it was simply that they knew it would sound really bad, which it would, to praise the “right to life” in a defense of abortion”.
Fox News reports, with many other outlets, “in Harris' speech, she quoted the Declaration of Independence in saying that Americans are entitled to the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness, notably ignoring how that the phrase also states Americans are granted the right to life”. Harris is quoted as saying, “"We collectively believe and know, America is a promise … It is a promise of freedom and liberty," Harris said. "Not just some, but for all. A promise we made in the Declaration of Independence, that we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Be clear, these rights were not bestowed upon us, they belong to us as Americans."
The full quote from the Declaration of Independence says "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. (National Archives)
She continued, "America is the land of the free and the home of the brave," she said. "But let us ask, can we truly be free if a woman cannot make decisions about her own body? Can we truly be free if the doctor cannot care for her patients? Can we truly be free if families cannot make intimate decisions about the course of their own line? And can we truly be free if so-called leaders claim to be, quote — I quote, ‘on the vanguard of freedom,’ while they dare to restrict the rights of the American people and attack the very foundations of freedom?"
Most news outlets have overlooked the contradiction which exists in her rambling diatribe. She claims that these rights mentioned in the Declaration are not “bestowed upon us”. Did she not read the statement, “endowed by their Creator”? With this language, Harris places the authority of the nation over the authority of God. Somehow, according to her witless words, as Americans we have laid claim to these rights. In other words, these rights listed in the Declaration are ours by birthright and not the grace of God. The Founding Fathers were deeply religious men and would never think of supplanting or usurping the authority of God, by any means.
The Vice-President seems to be producing a revisionist history. A history that ignores the grace of God and ignores the right to life. Our cagey politicians knew well that they could not easily or convincingly pit life against liberty or happiness. Also, the original Roe decision was based on the right to privacy and was an argument that was not well-received, even by legal experts. Therefore, to avoid awkward arguments VP Harris, and her writers, chose to simply omit any mention of the Creator or life.