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By Margaret Harper McCarthy, The Catholic Thing, July 9, 2022

Margaret Harper McCarthy is a professor at the John Paul II Institute and editor of Humanum Review.

When churches and crisis pregnancy centers have to ramp up security, and Supreme Court justices have to repair to undisclosed locations in anticipation of the “Summer of Rage,” it is clear that “we the people” have no common understanding of the three things that were supposed to unite us: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

According to the predominant understanding of these things, there is also no way to hold on to them in common, together, at the same time.  For the life and liberty of the child are allegedly “incompatible” with the liberty and happiness of the mother (and the father).  We must choose one or the other.  …

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