In this Feb. 1, 2023,. file photo, people march and hold pro-life signs during the March for Life event in Richmond, Virginia. Credit: Mike Caudill / AP

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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.

One of the first things the founders of this great nation did was to affirm the value of life. What happens when we devalue life? What happens when we decide which lives to keep and which ones to throw away? I know this sounds harsh, but it is the reality that we now live in. If someone is pregnant and doesn’t want their baby, we sometimes throw him or her away. If someone is terminally ill or drastically disabled, we sometimes throw them away.

The end result of the devaluation of life leads to all kinds of ills in our society. We must return to the affirmation of life by the founders of our great nation. Life is precious and should only be taken at the very worst of circumstances and as a last resort.

There is legislation being written in our state that would allow abortion right up to the time of birth in some cases. In other words, if tomorrow someone’s baby was going to be born, today they could have him or her aborted and end that life “when it is necessary in the professional judgment of a physician.” I think that baby deserves more respect than what is being proposed. The life of that unborn child is valuable and worth giving a chance to do great things in our world.

Bruce Blakney