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

Human Life and Dignity

The greatest and most precious of all the resources in the world is the life within each and every person. Consider what one individual means to another, and the capacity that exists within each for love, friendship, caring, and protection. Whether one is elderly or frail, living with a disability or in desolation, whether a child is yet to be born, or a convicted felon evaluating past choices in life, every person has inherent dignity. When the irreplaceable value that is every person is finally recognized, hearts and minds will change. The culture will develop a respect for life and appreciate the worth of, and its need for, each and every person. To achieve this end, MCC supports:

  • State initiatives that provide and expand alternatives to abortion and assistance to pregnant women, including adoption,
  • Measures to limit abortion and promote the safety of women,
  • Regulations on 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, and
  • Policies that expand and improve palliative care.

“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. For Second Straight Year, MCC Presented with Three Top Awards for Excellence in Public Relations (04/22/19)
  2. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  3. Catholic Conference Vows Vigorous Opposition to Death Penalty Resolution (02/04/15)
  4. On the Passage of the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act (12/11/13)
  5. Positives to be Found in Day of Gov. Snyder Abortion Policy Decisions (12/28/12)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Prioritizing the Vulnerable in the State Budget (03/22/19)
    2. Pushing Back Against Racism (02/22/19)
    3. 2019–2020: A Blueprint for the Common Good (01/25/19)
    4. Reflecting, Preparing, and Acting — Advent and Advocacy (12/21/18)
    5. The Issues, The Candidates, and Your Vote 2018 (09/28/18)
  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. GOP Lawmakers Hold Hearings on Proposed Ban on Abortion Procedure (Michigan Radio, 04/25/19)
  2. Late-Addition Telemedicine Abortion Ban Shoots Through Panel (MIRS, 11/27/18)
  3. MCC ‘Pleased’ With Decision to Settle Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate (The Michigan Catholic, 10/18/17)
  4. Catholic Church Settles in Contraceptive Litigation (MIRS, 10/18/17)
  5. Detroit Dem Proposes Death Penalty for Cop Killers (MIRS, 02/04/15)
  6. Editorial Response: Abortion is Not Health Care (Detroit News, 12/11/13)
  7. U.S. Moves Morning-After Pill Over the Counter, Lowers Age Limit to 15 (Detroit Free Press, 04/30/13)
  8. Guest Column: Bill Places Women’s Safety Above ‘Financial Interests of Abortion Industry’ (MLive, 12/20/12)
  9. 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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