right to life

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right to life

1. noun The belief that every human being has the right to live. The phrase is often used in discussions of war, abortion, and capital punishment, among other topics. I believe in the right to life, and I'm not going to debate that with you, since you clearly support legalized abortion. How can we claim to believe in the right to life and also support the war effort?
2. adjective (often hyphenated) Holding such beliefs. Yes, I am a member of a right-to-life group, as that cause is very important to me. The right-to-life issues are always the ones that trip up politicians.
See also: life, right
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OHCHR condemns this killing in the strongest terms and reminds the de facto authorities in Gaza of their legally binding obligation to respect and protect the right to life and security of every person in Gaza," OHCHR said in a statement.
Governor Kleefisch, AG Schimel's passion for the right to life is authentic and genuine.
The statement from Diocese of Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and Diocese of Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde said, "Our advocacy is informed by the church's teaching that, first, everyone has the right to life, and second, health care is a right--not a privilege--that flows from the right to life itself.
What message does it send to our pro-life representatives when you whip them to support legislation that denies the right to life to innocent babies conceived in rape?
The field of study for the scientific enterprise is circumscribed to the following issues: the concept of right to life, right to life as a supreme value and guaranteeing the right to life.
The right to life and the value of life; orientations in law, politics, and ethics.
In its turn, the Irish government has fielded a high-profile team to argue that the right to life extends to the unborn child, that broad Irish support for a ban on abortion has been tested in three referenda, and that the right to life is "strongly embedded in the moral fabric of Irish society" (Guardian.
4) If one seeks to specify the fight to life so that one does not have the right to life if, for example, one is "aggressing," then one must look for normative considerations external to the right to life to justify the specification.
The hospital claims under the right to life protections in the Constitution, the state has a duty to protect and safeguard the woman's right to life.
The right to life includes and implies the right to commit suicide.
Where the Declaration of Independence speaks of the right to life as an endowment from the Creator, the post-Roe concept reduces that right to a revocable privilege.
Terry Brennan backed Republican John Sanchez and wielded a flier from the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico that attacked Democratic candidate Bill Richardson.
Inalienability of rights is said to be particularly pertinent in bioethics since, for example, if the right to life is inalienable, it would seem that euthanasia and assisted suicide would be impermissible.
Another area in which political and moral choices have the gravest consequences for the future of civilization concerns the most fundamental of human rights, the right to life itself.
It was Weyrich, together with Ed McAteer and Howard Phillips, who spent a day with Jerry Falwell persuading him to take on "the issue of abortion'" As Connie Paige notes in The Right to Lifers, out of that meeting also came the idea for the Moral Majority, the single most crucial entity since the Catholic church in making the right to life movement a dangerous force on the right.