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Overturning Roe gives new meaning to John Winthrop’s “City upon a Hill”

by | Jul 1, 2022

Dear Friends,

We all know these beautiful words from the Declaration of Independence:

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.

We’ve used these words for almost 50 years to clearly state our case — the right to kill unborn children was never a principle supported by, or even imagined by, our founding fathers.

Thanks be to God, the U.S. Supreme Court made it very clear that abortion is not a constitutional right, and that it was never intended to be.

This year, July 4th, Independence Day, will carry a special meaning for us all.  We still have a lot of work to do, but our country is headed back to the right path. 

We are reminded that the Puritans came to America in the early 1600s, seeking a safe haven where they could practice their religion freely and without fear of retribution.  John Winthrop, one of the leaders and a future governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, declared, “We shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.”

Since that time, the eyes of the world have been upon the United States.  This has been a land where faith and freedom of expression and the right to conscientiously object have all been freely practiced and encouraged.

My dream is, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women Health, that we will be a light to the world–providing encouragement to pro-lifers and sending a message to other countries: if the U.S. can acknowledge its mistakes and make corrections, so can they.

May this be a big step forward toward that day when all unborn children are welcomed in life and protected in law.

Let us celebrate Independence Day and the principles that make America great!


Carol Tobias, President
National Right to Life

Categories: Pro-Lifers