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.
"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.
"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."
- 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.
"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.
- 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."
'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)
Our Responsibilities To Our Health Insurance Plans:
- Make informed and morally acceptable decisions as consumers of Care.
- Make informed and morally acceptable decisions as consumers of Insurance.
- Choose our business partners wisely.