Posts Tagged ‘right to life’

The Right Not To Be Killed

The expression “right to life” is best understood in the negative. It is the right of a living human being not to have his life discontinued by being killed. It does not mean the right to continue one’s life indefinitely. Death comes to all of us. The right to life, therefore, is not absolute. The arrival of death does not cancel the right to life. That right is the right not to be killed, not...

Human Rights or God-Given Rights? Part I

“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights – for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture – is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles laici, 38).

The language of “rights” has...