- The state or quality of being sacred or holy; holiness;
saintliness; moral purity; godliness.
- Sacredness; solemnity; inviolability; religious binding
- The state of being which
begins with generation, birth, or germination, and ends with death; also,
the time during which this state continues; that state of an animal or plant
in which all or any of its organs are capable of performing all or any of
- The union of the soul and
body; also, the duration of their union; sometimes, the deathless quality or
existence of the soul.
- The potential principle, or
force, by which the organs of animals and plants are started and continued
in the performance of their several and cooperative functions; the vital
force, whether regarded as physical or spiritual.
- A person; a living being,
usually a human being.
- - All persons
born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the
jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of
the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce
any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of
citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any
person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of
law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal
protection of the laws. (Note:
Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by
section 2 of the 14th amendment.)
V - No person
shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime,
unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in
cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when
in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any
person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy
of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a
witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or
property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be
taken for public use, without just compensation.
- We hold
these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
- Winning the War on
- International Institutions
- The United
Nations was created to benefit all peoples and nations, not to
promote a radical agenda of social engineering. Any effort to
address global social problems must be firmly placed within a
context of respect for the fundamental social institutions of
marriage and family. We reject any treaty or convention that would
contradict these values. For that reason, we support protecting the
rights of families in international programs and oppose funding
organizations involved in abortion.
- Strengthening Our
- Stem Cell Research
- Republicans have
supported, and will continue to support, important scientific
research without undermining the fundamental ethical principles that
have guided medical research in this country for decades. We
especially welcome and encourage a stronger emphasis on adult stem
cell and cord blood stem cell research, which has already provided
benefits to hundreds of patients and provides real promise for
treatments to help millions of Americans.
- We recognize
that President Bush made a carefully considered decision to allow
federal funding for stem cell research for the first time, and did
not affect stem cell research in the private sector. We strongly
support the President's policy that prevents taxpayer dollars from
being used to encourage the future destruction of human embryos. In
addition, we applaud the President's call for a comprehensive ban on
human cloning and on the creation of human embryos solely for
- In August 2001,
President Bush stated: "The hope it offers is amazing…. Yet
the ethics of medicine are not infinitely adaptable. There is at
least one bright line: We do not end some lives for the medical
benefit of others." We wholeheartedly agree.
- Supporting Judges
Who Uphold the Law
- And while the
vast majority of Americans support a ban on partial birth abortion,
this brutal and violent practice will likely continue by judicial
- Protecting Our Families
- We support efforts
to educate teens and parents about the health risks associated with
early sexual activity and provide the tools needed to help teens make
healthy choices. Abstinence from sexual activity is the only protection
that is 100 percent effective against out-of-wedlock pregnancies and
sexually transmitted diseases, including sexually transmitted HIV/AIDS.
Therefore, we support doubling abstinence education funding. We oppose
school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related
services for contraception and abortion.
- Promoting a Culture
- As a country, we
must keep our pledge to the first guarantee of the Declaration of
Independence. That is why we say the unborn child has a fundamental
individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a
human life amendment to the Constitution and we endorse legislation
to make it clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply
to unborn children. Our purpose is to have legislative and judicial
protection of that right against those who perform abortions. We
oppose using public revenues for abortion and will not fund
organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of
judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of
innocent human life. Our goal is to ensure that women with problem
pregnancies have the kind of support, material and otherwise, they
need for themselves and for their babies, not to be punitive towards
those for whose difficult situation we have only compassion. We
oppose abortion, but our pro-life agenda does not include punitive
action against women who have an abortion. We salute those who
provide alternatives to abortion and offer adoption services, and we
commend Congressional Republicans for expanding assistance to
adopting families and for removing racial barriers to adoption. We
join the President in supporting crisis pregnancy programs and
parental notification laws. And we applaud President Bush for
allowing states to extend health care coverage to unborn children.
We praise the President for his bold leadership in defense of life.
We praise him for signing the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
This important legislation ensures that every infant born alive -
including an infant who survives an abortion procedure - is
considered a person under federal law.
- We praise
Republicans in Congress for passing, with strong bipartisan support,
a ban on the inhumane procedure known as partial birth abortion. And
we applaud President Bush for signing legislation outlawing partial
birth abortion and for vigorously defending it in the courts.
- In signing the
partial birth abortion ban, President Bush reminded us that
"the most basic duty of government is to defend the life of the
innocent. Every person, however frail or vulnerable, has a place and
a purpose in this world." We affirm the inherent dignity and
worth of all people. We oppose the non-consensual withholding of
care or treatment because of disability, age, or infirmity, just as
we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide, which especially endanger
the poor and those on the margins of society. We support President
Bush's decision to restore the Drug Enforcement Administration's
policy that controlled substances shall not be used for assisted
suicide. We applaud Congressional Republicans for their leadership
against those abuses and their pioneering legislation to focus
research and treatment resources on the alleviation of pain and the
care of terminally ill patients.
- Summary and Call to
- We stand for the
freedom and dignity of every human life, in every stage of life.
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