WCC Public Policy Positions: Protect Every Human Life
In the upcoming editions of the Capitol Update, we will be elaborating on each of the WCC's 2023 Public Policy Positions. The complete document can be found below.
Protect each and every human life. All human life is sacred. Wisconsin must effectively affirm, protect, and defend each and every human life at every stage of development, including the unborn. Wisconsin must also oppose all attempts to legalize euthanasia, assisted suicide, and abortion.
Human reason tells us that the right to life is the first and fundamental right. Without life, none of our basic human rights—such as food, shelter, liberty—can be exercised.
In addition, our Catholic faith holds that every human being, at every stage of life, is made in the image and likeness of God. When we encounter one another, we should do so with the understanding that we are encountering someone of transcendent worth, who like us is deserving of respect and protection from conception to natural death.
When human beings are not respected and protected, the result is a “throw-away culture,” which Pope Francis decried most recently in his January 29, 2023, Angelus: “The throw-away culture says, 'I use you insofar as I need you. When I am not interested in you anymore, or you are in my way, I throw you out’. It is especially the weakest who are treated this way: unborn children, the elderly, the needy and the disadvantaged. But people are never to be thrown out; the disadvantaged cannot be thrown away! Every person is a sacred gift, each person is a unique gift, no matter what their age or condition. Let us always respect and promote life! Let’s not throw life away!”
All of Catholic Social Teaching flows from this unwavering commitment to human life.