How does one respond to such nonsence from the Prolifers.
The secular humanist view is that each human being is sovereign, answerable only to themselves. Human autonomy and personal freedom are at the peak of the hierarchy of values and are what give humans dignity. Secular humanists think so highly of our species that they believe there is a group of elites capable of deciding whose life is worth living — who should be allowed to live or die. These elites are so smart, if they create the right environment, humans will naturally do the right thing.
The Judeo-Christian world view states that God is sovereign. We are answerable to him, and our life and rights come from him. Every human life is sacred and of utmost value because God made it so. Human dignity has its basis in the sanctity God has given it, irrespective of intelligence, level of education, physical abilities, etc. While humans have this intrinsic dignity, they are also depraved, in need of a redeemer and the rule of law.
Our country’s founding documents and the writings of our founding fathers reveal the Judeo-Christian world view is the one on which this country was built. Our Founding Fathers knew from history and their own personal experience the reality of human depravity and our tendencies that require rule of law. No matter the lofty claims of the large variety of ideologies promoted throughout history, humans have managed to make a mess of them.
Suicide has been illegal in this country from its beginning. Laws against suicide are based on our nation’s founding principle that life comes from God, as the Declaration of Independence asserts. Life and the right to life do not come from government and not from us, but from God. Autonomy and freedom do not include the right to do harm to other humans, including to ourselves
Through the vehicle of government-run media and schools, this culture has shifted to the secular humanist ideology. It is imposed on our population. We need to shift back to our foundational principles. Laws help advance and protect what a society values. Since we need laws and laws inevitably impose morality, it seems prudent to promote laws that are based on uncompromised reverence for the dignity and worth of each human person no matter what their physical state. Laws and judicial opinions that support physician-assisted suicide devalue human life and need to be emphatically opposed.
Annie Bukacek is a physician in Kalispell and president of Montana ProLife Coalition