"This Nation was founded upon the
belief that every human being is endowed by our Creator with certain
"unalienable rights." Chief among them is the right to life itself.
The Signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their own lives,
fortunes, and honor to guarantee inalienable rights for all of the new
country's citizens. These visionaries recognized that an essential human
dignity attached to all persons by virtue of their very existence and
not just to the strong, the independent, or the healthy. That value
should apply to every American, including the elderly and the unprotected,
the weak and the infirm, and even to the unwanted."