”Human life is sacred. The dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.“

– U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 44

At the heart of the Virginia Catholic Conference’s efforts in Richmond and, with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in Washington, D.C., is the understanding that every human life is sacred and has inherent dignity.

We are obliged by our faith and on behalf of the common good to advocate for public policies that end:

  • abortion
  • human embryonic stem cell research
  • assisted suicide or euthanasia
  • capital punishment
  • poverty
  • human trafficking and pornography

Preserving the sanctity of life also means advocating for humane and welcoming treatment of migrants, access to life-affirming health care, criminal justice reform and reasonable gun-safety measures.

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