What Does The Term Pro-Life Mean?


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If you look up the definition of the term Pro-Life, your results will likely include “opposing abortion and euthanasia.” Abortion is the termination of a female’s pregnancy and euthanasia is defined as “painlessly killing a patient who is suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.” 

It’s very common for people to be misled by this term, especially when it comes to the Catholic Church. When Pro-Life and the Catholic Church are in the same sentence, people tend to associate it only with abortion, although that is not the case. Being Pro-Life means protecting all human life, from the day of conception to the moment of natural death. The first Catholic social teaching principle talks about the Life and Dignity of the Human Person.

We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

USCCB: Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Overall, there is more to the term Pro-Life than just abortion and euthanasia. It means protecting and caring for every human being. It doesn’t matter what color their skin is, where they were born, their abilities or disabilities, or anything else.

Human Dignity is the same for all human beings: when I trample on the dignity of another, I am trampling on my own.

Pope Francis

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