Guidelines for End of Life Decisions & Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services,
(USCCB, 4th Edition, 2001)
Living the Gospel of Life: a Challenge to American Catholics
“It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are funded and from which they develop.” Pope John Paul I
Respect for Unborn Human Life
We believe that every being has a human destiny and is being prepared by God to receive an immortal soul (cf. Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you"). Because of the firm stance that the dignity of a person must be recognized and protected from conception to natural death, the Church has a common conviction that abortion is gravely wrong at every stage.
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