About This Show
Hosted by Commissioner Brian Johnston, a weekly program examining the right to life, culture and the battle of ideas. With various guests and experts he examines the arts, the nature of the law, the practice of medicine, ethics, and even personal relationships.
Most Recent Episode
023: The Right To Life As the Essential Building Block of Society
< 1 day ago
There is a battle of ideas raging all around us. One of the principal ideas that our society has been built upon is exactly what America’s founders stated clearly in the Declaration: that self-evident truths need to be put forward and protected for a just society. The first and foremost of these is the right to life. I'm going to talk about what happens when the right to life is no longer understood or ensured by the government – how bad can it get? Without the right to life as a guiding principle of society there is no standard of right or wrong in protecting vulnerable human beings. Bizarre experimentation and disposal of human beings as mere property cannot be stopped unless the right to life is again asserted and enforced as a basic principle of the law. The idea of the right to life predates even the Declaration of Independence reaching back, at the very least to the Magna Carta in A.D. 1215. Article 39, the due process of law concept, first set forth that no one can be deprived of life or in anyway destroyed, without the intervention and protection of the government to ensure that the innocent are protected. Since 1973, in the US Supreme Court's dismissal of a right to life for the unborn child, there is no longer any standard that can be used to judge what is medically and ethically appropriate.