Human Dignity is The Basis of Fundamental Human Rights
Human Dignity is at the Heart of Human Identity
Careful reflection on this teaching of the Magisterium and on the evidence ofreason, as mentioned above, enables us to respond to the numerous moral problemsposed by technical interventions upon the human being in the first phases of hislife and upon the processes of his conception.
Human Dignity « Catholic Social Teaching
On its part, the Magisterium of the Church offers to human reason in thisfield too the light of Revelation: the doctrine concerning man taught by theMagisterium contains many elements which throw light on the problems being facedhere. From the moment of conception, the life of every human being is to berespected in an absolute way because man is the only creature on earth that Godhas "wished for himself " (16) and the spiritual soul of each man is"immediately created" by God; (17) his whole being bears the image ofthe Creator. Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves"the creative action of God" (18) and it remains forever in a specialrelationship with the Creator, who is its sole end.(19) God alone is the Lord oflife from its beginning until its end: no one can, in any circumstance, claimfor himself the right to destroy directly an innocent human being. (20) Humanprocreation requires on the part of the spouses responsible collaboration withthe fruitful love of God; (21) the gift of human life must be actualized inmarriage through the specific and exclusive acts of husband and wife, inaccordance with the laws inscribed in their persons and in their union.(22)