Chart Comparing USCCB Positions in Schiavo and Carder cases

May 16, 2009

The USCCB says that its political positions are based on the belief that “all human life is sacred." They cite this quotation from Archbishop John Roach, as the expression of their guiding vision: "We are committed to full legal recognition of the right to life of the unborn child, and will not rest in our efforts until society respects the inherent worth and dignity of every member of the human race." Yet an examination of the USCCB’s public positions in two high profile legal cases, described in the chart below, raises a key question: Does the USCCB believe that all human life – except that of pregnant women -- is sacred?

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See also, Lori R. Freedman, PhD, Uta Landy, PhD, and Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS, When There’s a Heartbeat: Miscarriage Management in Catholic-Owned Hospitals, 98 American Journal of Public Health 1774 (2008).