There are many reasons to be enthusiastic about President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, not least of which is the judge’s deep knowledge and appreciation for conservative philosophy and natural law.
While taking a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Oxford University, Judge Gorsuch wrote a book based on his dissertation entitled “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” In it he writes, “Private intentional acts of homicide are always wrong. Recognizing human life as intrinsically, not instrumentally, valuable will rule out assisted suicide and euthanasia.”
That’s the sort moral reasoning that is so sorely needed on the nation’s highest court, understanding life itself as a fundamental good. That is not a direct reference to abortion; it doesn’t have to be. It’s a direct reference to what should be very obvious to any intelligent and sensitive human being. And that is that human life is a fundamental good; it is an intrinsic good.