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The Declaration of Independence states: “that all men… are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life…” Similarly, the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution states: “No person shall ... be deprived of life… without due process of law.” And in 1809, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The care of human life and happiness, and not its destruction… is the first and only object of good government.” In each case, the word “life” comes first, because the right to life is foundational to legitimate government. These statements accord with Catholic teaching. In December, 1988, Pope John Paul II issued an apostolic letter titled Christifidelis Laici. In this letter,

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