Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Human Life and Dignity

God created mankind in his image

The Catholic Church is present in society to assist humankind through life’s many challenges: supporting expecting mothers during unexpected or difficult pregnancies, assisting parents through foster placements and adoptions, and helping the elderly or infirm with terminal illnesses and end-of-life care. MCC will support policies this legislative session that uplift and protect the dignity of human life, especially the unborn and those marginalized by economic challenges. MCC will also encourage policies that care for vulnerable women and families, mitigate violence, seek greater racial understanding, and promote life-affirming palliative care. The Conference further supports:

  • Policies that recognize the value of every person’s life from conception to natural death.
  • Policy initiatives and pregnancy care programs that provide and expand alternatives to abortion, as well as assist pregnant and parenting women with prenatal, postpartum, and adoption services.
  • Measures to eliminate abortion and promote the health and safety of women.
  • Prohibiting or regulating research policies which violate the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life.
  • Policies that seek to reduce violence in society, including the reduction of gun violence.
  • Upholding the constitutional ban on the death penalty and the statutory ban on assisted suicide.
  • Policies that expand and improve end-of-life care through a person’s natural death.
  • Policies that support the authentic nature of the human person and recognize the inherent biological differences between males and females.
  • Policies that address racial injustice and promote racial harmony.

“Human life is always sacred and always ‘of quality.’ There is no human life that is more sacred than another.” — Pope Francis, 11/15/14

News Releases

  1. Michigan Catholic Conference Helps Launch Statewide Campaign to Oppose Abortion-on-Demand Constitutional Proposal (05/24/22)
  2. To Promote Dignity and Work, MCC Encourages Support for Proposed Increase to Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit (01/26/22)
  3. Statement on Proposed Ballot Effort to Enshrine Abortion in Michigan’s Constitution (01/07/22)
  4. Former Michigan Congressman Dale Kildee Remembered As ‘A Man of Deep Faith, a Dedicated Advocate for Education’ (10/14/21)
  5. Catholic Conference Welcomes House Resolution in Support of Welcoming Afghan Refugees to Michigan (10/05/21)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Time to Discuss Law Enforcement Reform Again After Tragic Death in Grand Rapids (05/25/22)
    2. Could Roe Go? What Dobbs Case Could Mean For Abortion In Michigan (12/02/21)
    3. Taxpayer Funding Should Not Pay for Abortions (06/18/21)
    4. Catholic Action Needed to Promote Life, Protect the Unborn (05/28/21)
    5. Small Steps of Love in the State Budget Process (03/12/21)
  2. Clean and Affordable Water for All (Focus Essay, 5/2019)
  3. Vaccinations and the Common Good (Focus Essay, 3/2018)
  4. Promoting a Respect for Life (Focus Essay, 12/2017)
  5. Confronting Violence in Society (Focus Essay, 9/2015)
  6. The Science of Stem Cells, Finding Cures and Protecting Life (Focus Essay, 10/2007)
  7. Letter to Catholics Regarding Stem Cell Research (Michigan Bishops, 10/2007)
  8. Statement on the Death Penalty (MCC Board of Directors, 3/1999)
  9. Living and Dying According to the Voice of Faith (Michigan Bishops, 9/1997)

MCC in the News

  1. Johnson & Johnson vaccine research method creates conflict for Catholics (, 03/05/21)
  2. Michigan Prolife Group Ends Petition Effort to Ban D&E Abortions (Catholic News Agency, 07/22/20)
  3. Opinion: Catholic Teaching Affirms Dignity of Black Lives, Promotes Peace (Detroit News, 07/19/20)
  4. Opinion: How to Sustain Life During a Pandemic (Detroit News, 04/23/20)
  5. MCC Calls Governor’s Abortion Stance Removed from Reality (Catholic News Agency, 04/20/20)
  6. Michigan Program Offers Support to Pregnant Women (Oakland Press, 09/16/19)
  7. Editorial—Dems Target Pregnancy Support Centers (Detroit News, 07/22/19)
  8. Michigan Considers Two Pro-Life Ballot Initiatives (Catholic News Agency, 07/19/19)
  9. Michigan Catholic Leaders Tout ‘Dismemberment’ Abortion Ban, Not ‘Heartbeat’ Bill (Detroit News, 06/27/19)
  10. GOP Lawmakers Hold Hearings on Proposed Ban on Abortion Procedure (Michigan Radio, 04/25/19)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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