For persons with disabilities, the right to life is a matter of particular importance because the presence of a handicapping condition is frequently used as a rationale for medical decisions that prematurely end life.
In the United States, examples of these unfortunate decisions include abortion and the denial of otherwise-ordinary medical procedures. In other countries, it includes active euthanasia.
Additionally, the Catholic Church calls for the defense of other rights “that enable individuals with disabilities to achieve the fullest measure of personal development [possible].”
Examples include equal opportunities in:
- access to public accommodations that foster the creation of a stronger and more integrated support system.
The Conference works to advocate for policies that uphold the right to life, provide equitable medical treatment, and enable individuals with a disability to achieve the fullest measure of personal development possible.