Iowa Catholic Conference
Prison & Mentor Ministries
As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death.
The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition.
The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to
actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.
Human Rights are not a Privilege Conferred by Government
"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts -- a child -- as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters"
"And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands
from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government.
They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend,
and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign."
(Mother Theresa -- Wall Street Journal, 2/25/94, p. A14)