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

Human Life and Dignity

Whether one is elderly or infirmed, living with a disability or in desolation, whether a child yet to be born, or a convicted felon evaluating past choices in life, every person has inherent dignity. Recognizing this truth, it is imperative that Catholics continually work to provide a growing awareness of the irreplaceable value that is every person. Changing hearts and minds, one by one, will yield an increased respect for life and the worth of all our brothers and sisters. Therefore, the Conference supports:

  • State initiatives that provide and expand alternatives to abortion and assistance to pregnant women,
  • Measures to limit abortion and promote the safety of women,
  • Regulations on human embryo research, and
  • Upholding the constitutional ban on the death penalty and the statutory ban on assisted suicide.

“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. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  2. Catholic Conference Vows Vigorous Opposition to Death Penalty Resolution (02/04/15)
  3. On the Passage of the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act (12/11/13)
  4. Positives to be Found in Day of Gov. Snyder Abortion Policy Decisions (12/28/12)
  5. Senate Acts to Protect Dignity of Women With Abortion Industry Reforms (12/12/12)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Public Transportation and Communities in Need (06/24/16)
    2. Standing Up Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (05/20/16)
    3. Respect Life Month Emphasizes Worth of Every Life (10/16/15)
    4. A Blueprint for the Common Good (02/06/15)
    5. 2013–2014 Session in Review (01/16/15)
  2. Confronting Violence in Society (Focus Essay, 9/2015)
  3. The Science of Stem Cells, Finding Cures and Protecting Life (Focus Essay, 10/2007)
  4. Letter to Catholics Regarding Stem Cell Research (Michigan Bishops, 10/2007)
  5. Statement on the Death Penalty (MCC Board of Directors, 3/1999)
  6. Living and Dying According to the Voice of Faith (Michigan Bishops, 9/1997)

MCC in the News

  1. Detroit Dem Proposes Death Penalty for Cop Killers (MIRS, 02/04/15)
  2. Editorial Response: Abortion is Not Health Care (Detroit News, 12/11/13)
  3. U.S. Moves Morning-After Pill Over the Counter, Lowers Age Limit to 15 (Detroit Free Press, 04/30/13)
  4. Guest Column: Bill Places Women’s Safety Above ‘Financial Interests of Abortion Industry’ (MLive, 12/20/12)
  5. State House Panel Approves New Regulations for Abortions (Detroit Free Press, 06/08/12)


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