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Pray that rights to life, liberty, and happiness will survive Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

We, the people of the United States of America, who profess to be Christians, are facing one of the greatest threats to our religious liberty since our forefathers included these God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence more than 200 years ago.

In a case now being heard before our U. S. Supreme Court, the constitutionality of the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate will be decided. This mandate demands that all hospitals and clinics providing health care must also do abortions on demand to all requests and that all drug-dispensing facilities must distribute contraceptive supplies.

These demands fly in the face of pro-life Christians who have believed for centuries that abortion is killing innocent babies and contraception violates their Christian beliefs, and that to be forced by the government to participate in and also be forced to fund abortion demolishes our God-given right to life.

This is a most critical hour in the history of our nation. It will determine if one man with “his pen and phone” can, in a national health plan, passed by legislators who readily admit they did NOT read the bill, which treats pregnancy as a disease the same as cancer or pneumonia, can undo a Constitution and Bill of Rights, highly esteemed and defended by the blood of countless thousands of American veterans.

We pray that for the sake of our future generations, our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will survive this crisis, and this great land will always remain, “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” including the unborn! God bless America.

Vince Metcalf, Montello