WHY PRO-LIFE? Recognizing the dignity, equality, & rights of all humans is foundational to freedom

PRO-LIFE: The belief that all human life is created equal regardless of size, level of development, education, or degree of dependency.

The "recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world."

— The Universal Declaration of Rights

Why does abortion — the focus of “a national controversy that has embittered our political culture for a half century” — matter
so much?

Science, our nation’s founding principles, the bedrock of international human rights, and Scripture are all in agreement — recognizing the inherent dignity, equality, and rights of all humans is foundational to freedom and justice. That makes the issue of abortion a matter of societal justice.

Science is clear that human life begins at fertilization. When 5,577 biologists from 86 countries and representing 1,058 academic institutions were asked when life began, 96 percent of biologists declared it to be an undisputable reality that human life begins at fertilization. In case you are tempted to dismiss this reality as merely a religious belief, like Louisville’s activist judge did, it is worth noting that 63 percent of those biologists identified as non-religious.

But science doesn’t just tell us when life begins, it also provides us clear glimpses of an unborn human child’s complex design and behavior in the womb.

An unborn human child is alive, growing according to its unique DNA, and exhibiting complex behaviors — that’s a scientific reality.

The foundational and inspirational promise and hope of America is that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life…”

Remarkably, this is even acknowledged by cultures, religions, and governments throughout the entire world (all 193 nations belonging to the United Nations) as the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace.

Michael Johnson, our Policy Advisor, has a passion for what is right and true — especially protecting the inherent dignity and worth of each human life. This pursuit has led him to serve on a local human rights commission and citizen foster care review board. He obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Liberty University School of Law.