Indiana’s Constitution says, “We declare 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.” These are the same words the Founders used in the Declaration of Independence. Who is this capital C creator? Who is it that endowed us with the gift of life?
Does every life have purpose? Is there a grand designer behind our purpose? Those questions must be answered. The Founders provide some insight into who the Creator is and whether every life has a purpose by their introductory statement, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Since we aren’t equal physically, then one is left to conclude our equality is internal. That equality must be that we all have a purpose given by the grand designer, the Creator.
But there remains one more question, when does life begin? For this we need to look to the words of The Creator who said he knew us before the foundation of the world, that He knit us together in our mother’s womb, that He created good works in advance of our creation for us to accomplish. Those words say that life begins at conception and inherent in that conception is a unique purpose.
This is a very complicated issue that is made more complicated by the fact we try to apply a political solution to a moral issue. We will never find a satisfactory political solution. However, HB1089 is a necessary step for Indiana to become a state that values life, all life, designed and purposed by the Creator.