I really like this un-famous quote by Martin Luther King, from his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written on April 16, 1963. he was writing to fellow clergymen to explain why he was there. One of the points he discusses relates to Thomas Aquinas and natural law:
“How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.”
How apropos to our laws today with regards to abortion!
Pretty straightforward, with no fluff: All life is sacred, from the moment of conception until natural death. Our secular laws, based upon natural law, mandate a culture of life in our public institutions and government.