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Argument: Abortion generally devalues the dignity we assign to life

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Ronald Reagan, "Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation", Human Life Review, Spring 1984. - "As a nation today, we have not rejected the sanctity of human life. The American people have not had an opportunity to express their view on the sanctity of human life in the unborn. I am convinced that Americans do not want to play God with the value of human life. It is not for us to decide who is worthy to live and who is not. Even the Supreme Court's opinion in Roe v. Wade did not explicitly reject the traditional American idea of intrinsic worth and value in all human life; it simply dodged this issue."[1]


Ronald Reagan, "Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation", Human Life Review, Spring 1984. - "We will never recognize the true value of our own lives until we affirm the value in the life of others."[2]


Mother Teresa, in her Nobel Lecture given upon receiving the Peace Prize (December 11, 1979). - "...the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing - direct murder by the mother herself... because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between."[3]


U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics, 1998 - "Abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others."[4]

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