Affirming Life - The Catechism of the Catholic Church

We find people of many faith backgrounds who would affirm life. The best, long-standing affirmation of life can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It does provide clear and grounded language that can be used as a beacon for beginning to change the culture of the health insurance industry. Some examples follow. Feel free to compare these quotes with the language that addresses your health insurance plan's coverage of these items.

[* Note: Bold quotes are from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition (1997).]

  • Conception procedures/infertility treatments/artificial insemination

    "Couples who discover that they are sterile suffer greatly." (Cat. #2374)

    "Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral." (Cat. #2376)

    "Techniques involving only the married couple (homologous artificial insemination and fertilization) are perhaps less reprehensible, yet remain morally unacceptable. They dissociate the sexual act from the procreative act." (Cat. #2377)

    "A child is not something owed to one, but is a gift." (Cat. #2378)

  • Issues re: Embryos

    "Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.

    Prenatal diagnosis is morally licit, 'if it respects the life and integrity of the embryo and the human fetus and is directed toward its safeguarding or healing as an individual...It is gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent of a death sentence.'
    (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Donum Vitae I, 2)" (Cat. #2274)

  • Abortion

    "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception." (Cat. #2270)

    "Since the first century the church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable." (Cat. #2271)

    "Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense." (Cat. #2272)

  • Birth Control

    "Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality. These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, 'every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible' (Humanae Vitae 14) is intrinsically evil." (Cat. #2370)

  • Sterilization

    "The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception)." (Cat. #2399)

  • Organ Transplants

    "Organ transplants are in conformity with the moral law if the physical and psychological dangers and risks to the donor are proportionate to the good that is sought for the recipient. Organ donation after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as an expression of generous solidarity. It is not morally acceptable if the donor or his proxy has not given explicit consent. Moreover, it is not morally admissible directly to bring about the disabling mutilation or death of a human being, even in order to delay the death of other persons."(Cat. #2296)

  • Suicide and Self-inflicted Injuries

    "Suicide contradicts the natural inclination of the human being to preserve and perpetuate his life. It is gravely contrary to the just love of self." (Cat. #2281)

  • End of life issues

    "Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable." (Cat. #2277)

  • Definition of a Spouse

    "Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman." (Cat. #2360)

    "…'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Persona humana 8) They are contrary to the natural law…Under no circumstances can they be approved." (Cat. #2357)

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  • Make informed and morally acceptable decisions as consumers of Care.
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