The human “right to life” is rooted in the fact that life ethics and social justice are inextricably intertwined in the concept of human dignity. St. Pope John Paul II wrote that “a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.” Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995)
Abortion violates this inherent right by ending the life of an unborn child. Specifically, Maryland has some of the highest abortion rates in the nation due to the permissive language used in its state laws. For example, Maryland’'s 2005 abortion rate was equivalent to nearly 103 per day, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. Since then, the state has failed to maintain reliable data and statistics on Maryland’s abortion rates.
The Maryland Catholic Conference works to foster a culture of life in Maryland by advocating for laws that uphold the dignity of the human person and that assist pregnant women in need, while working to ensure the State offers safe standards for women's health.