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Protect all lives

President Bush declared Jan. 20, 2002, to be Sanctity of Human Life Day. His proclamation is worthy of notice. Some of his words follow:

This nation was founded upon the belief that every human being is endowed by our Creator with certain “inalienable rights.” Chief among them is the right to life itself. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their own lives, fortunes and honor to guarantee inalienable rights for all of the new country’s citizens.

Thomas Jefferson wrote that, “(t)he care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” President Jefferson was right. Life is an inalienable right, understood as given to each of us by our Creator.



President Jefferson’s timeless principle obligates us to pursue a civil society that will democratically embrace its essential moral duties, including defending the elderly, strengthening the weak, protecting the defenseless, feeding the hungry, and caring for children – born and unborn. Mindful of these and other obligations, we should join together in pursuit of a more compassionate society, rejecting the notion that some lives are less worthy of protection than others, whether because of age or illness, social circumstances or economic condition. Consistent with the core principles about which Thomas Jefferson wrote, and to which the founders subscribed, we should peacefully commit ourselves to seeking a society that values life – from its very beginnings to its natural end. Unborn children should be welcomed in life and protected in law.

On Sept. 11, we saw clearly that evil exists in this world, and that it does not value life. The terrible events of that fateful day have given us, as a nation, a greater understanding about the value and wonder of life.




Every innocent life taken that day was the most important person on earth to somebody, and every death extinguished a world. Now we are engaged in a fight against evil and tyranny to preserve and protect life. In so doing, we are standing again for those core principles upon which our nation was founded …

Peggy McQuerry

Penn Valley


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