Or at least, the sanctity of life does, ditto the importance of protecting and defending it.
Tod Kelly went to the "Values Voters" Summit so the rest of us wouldn't have to, and one thing he reported was this:
When Rand Paul opened the conference, he talked about the sanctity of human life, in regard to human fetuses, to thunderous, leap-out-of-your-chair applause. He continued to underline this philosophy by pivoting to the subject of war, where he said, “Truly great leaders are reluctant to go to war.” The crowd got pretty quiet on him after that.
People get killed in wars. Soldiers, obviously, but also large numbers of civilians who had the bad fortune to live in a country that became a battlefield. But aside from Rand Paul, the virulent 'pro-lifers' at the "Values Voter" Summit clearly didn't give a shit about those lives.
At times, I have thought that the line about life beginning at conception and ending at birth was just a little too glib. But then something like this happens and you have to say: no, that's the stand they're really taking. Let's make 'em own it.
Forgot to add: you should click on the link above for more goodies - Tod's quote was part of a top-10 list of stuff said at the Summit. His quick take: "the conference as a whole [was]surprisingly nutty, even with expectations going in."