I was watching Lawrence O'Donnell tonight, and he brought this to my attention: There is only word, or rather, right, common to each documents of our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, and the United States Constitution. Here are the pertinent lines of each The Declaration Of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are allowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness The opening line of the Constitution: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States Of America". And that word, or rather, 'right', is the right to LIBERTY. Liberty is the word. Now, I've been hearing the right blather on about liberty for a long time now. But how can they make this claim when they oppose abortion? Here is Julie Rikelman, arguing for Center for Productive Rights, before the Supreme Court. For a state to take control of a woman's body and demand that she go through pregnancy, and childbirth, with all the physical risks of life-altering consequences that brings is a fundamental deprivation of her liberty. Preserving a woman's right to make this decision until viability protects her liberty while logically balancing the other interest's at stake. Elizabeth Prelogar, US Solicitor General: To avoid profound damage to women's liberty, equality, and the rule of law, the court should affirm. If this court renounces the liberty interest recognized in Roe and reaffirmed Casey, it would be an unprecedented contraction of individual rights and a stark departure from principles of stare decisis. The court has never revoked a right that is so fundamental to so many AMericans and so central to their ability to participate fully and equally in society. THe court should not overrule the central component of women's liberty. "Liberty" is the argument that republicans make to buy as many guns as they want, to take them wherever the want, and conceal them if they want. Liberty is the argument republicans use that there is nothing that we can do to stop masser murder in a schools, churches, and the general marketplace. Nothing we should do about it, they say, because it will infringe on 'liberty'. The essential argument the right made in the court arguing for Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization was that, since 'abortion' was not mentioned in the Constitution, SCOTUS should not have a role establishing abortion laws, and that that should be left entirely to the states. However, it is a right the court has granted in Roe, and now Republicans want the court to take that right away. Republicans will argue excessively about removing hurdles on the path to the guns, but argue incessantly, about the need for more hurdles to both 1. the voting booth, and 2. the abortion clinic. This is the kind of 'liberty' of which republicans hypocritically speak. What they really mean is only those liberties they approve of. They are not about 'liberty' at all, they only pay lip service to it. The issue of abortion is settled, really, if you read the constitution. "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". A woman has the same right to Life, Liberty, and Happiness as much as a man. Is that right directed at fetuses? No. Were the founding fathers thinking of fetuses when they wrote that line? Most assuredly not, no mention of it anywhere. Only to those of us who have been born, do the founding documents apply. So, if the constitution is your argument, your argument flounders if you are against abortion, and pro-liberty, etc. Reversing roe would deprive a woman of her right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Why do I say "Life'. because forcing a pregnancy could end the life of the woman. It does happen, and with blacks, it happens a lot more. Because The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness also means the right to not be subject to arbitrary risks which could impede life, liberty, and happiness. Therefore, abortion is constitutional. It's consistent with the concept of liberty, with privacy, and bodily autonomy. To those who exclaim there is no 'bodily autonomy'? https://www.unfpa.org/news/bodily-autonomy-busting-7-myths-undermine-individual-rights-and-freedoms Not only is bodily autonomy a human right, it is the foundation upon which other human rights are built. It is included, implicitly or explicitly, in many international rights agreements, such as the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Unless, of course, congress creates a law giving a fetus equal rights as a born human. Until then, my argument stands. If you want argue the philosophical, moral aspect, that is about the only place you can argue it, but not from the standpoint of the Constitution, in my humble opinion.