Below is a response to the July 3rd article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Liberty Medal for ex-Justice Kennedy” by Michael J. McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania. Mike makes the argument that Justice Kennedy is not a worthy candidate for the Liberty Medal. The Inquirer article can be found below.
Justice Anthony Kennedy deserves to receive the License Medal, not the Liberty Medal. License is the freedom to do what one wants to do, while Liberty is the freedom to do what one ought to do.
Kennedy defined liberty as license in his opinion (jointly written by Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter) in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision. Kennedy admitted that Roe v. Wade‘s Ninth Amendment “right to privacy” justification for a “Constitutional right to abortion” was mistaken. However, he wanted to “protect” this “right.” So, he transferred this “right” to the 14th Amendment by re-defining liberty as license in his infamous declaration, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”
Abortion advocates have used this distorted definition of Liberty to justify the killing of millions of children in the womb, even until birth. Furthermore, this “abortion liberty” as license-to-kill-the-vulnerable explains the current justification of many legislators for refusing to protect the lives of children who survive abortion. After all, their mothers have defined the existence of these children as having no value.
Our nation’s Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all human beings are created with a God-given right to life. America needs to honor our fellow citizens who protect that right.
The Mission of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania is:
– to enact public policies that protect the sanctity of all human life, the sanctity of marriage and the dignity of the human person;
– to recruit participants into the pro-life movement in Pennsylvania; and
– to develop leaders for the pro-life movement in Pennsylvania.