What’s The #1 Human Rights Issue Facing Voters?

Shenan J. Boquet
hli.org
2020-10-16

There are some attacks on human dignity that are so egregious that, to the extent that they are defended by a society, they preclude that society from claiming to be “just.”

Abortion is one such attack.

The very concept of human rights is meaningless if among those rights is not included the universal right to life. That’s basic logic. If a human being can be killed for any reason, or no reason at all, or if the right to life is only granted based upon certain criteria, then all the other rights which a human supposedly enjoys rest on a foundation of sand. Pope St. John Paul II states it succinctly:

The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, finds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights – for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture – is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination. (Christifideles Laici, no. 38)

For this reason, we can rightly say that social justice begins in the womb.

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