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Politics & Society
Mary Meehan
Even the guilty have a right to life, but that is not the only reason to stand against capital punishment.

Recognizing the dignity of the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, means acknowledging that the right to life is the most fundamental of all human rights. The Catholic Church teaches that every human life must be respected, protected and loved, from conception to natural death.

America has a long history of advocating for the right to life and of covering the pro-life movement as it speaks out in defense of life—from the most vulnerable unborn child in the womb, to the elderly and infirm, those with disabilities and prisoners on death row.