The Jefferson Myth: On the topic of Abortion

This has been inspired by Conservative blogger Tom Quiner’s post: Obama’s War on Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800

I’ve been hearing and reading recently about Republican rhetoric that is depicting Thomas Jefferson as against abortion, or using his name to argue against it, along with the argument it’s granted by God. Why? His statement in the United States Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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.

(Emphases are mine.)

Now, let’s first visit the reason this doesn’t hold much water by visiting our Founding Father’s religious beliefs, as it seems often misunderstood or otherwise ignored (if mentioned at all). I think we should touch on these, and clarify them.

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