Pikes Peak Citizens for Life supports and promotes the sanctity of all human life from fertilization to natural death. In light of this, we encourage all members of our community to educate themselves on the issues facing our society which directly impact or attack the dignity of human life. Below you will find a number of resources aimed at helping you do just that.
Abortion is defined as the intentional termination of a human pregnancy.
Abortion Facts and Information
Abortion Workers Speak Out, Get Out
According to the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patient’s death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act (e.g., the physician provides sleeping pills and information about the lethal dose, while aware that the patient may commit suicide).
Abstinence is not having sex. A person who decides to practice abstinence has decided not to have sex or any type of intimate sexual contact. Abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. Abstinence also protects people against STDs.
IVF is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the uterus.
Pikes Peak Citizens for Life acknowledges the heartbreak a couple experiences when infertility is an issue. However, the practice of selective reduction when multiple embryos are viable is abhorrent to those who value life.
Pikes Peak Citizens for Life wholeheartedly supports adoption as a life-affirming option for couples/women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. One result of the abortion-on-demand culture in our country is that there is a shortage of babies available for adoption. According to Paula Rinehart in the Federalist there are around two million infertile couples in the U.S. actively seeking to adopt a child. Many resources exist in our communities to help couples make adoption plans (see below) and contrary to much popular belief, current adoption practices embrace great transparency and encourage birth parent involvement.
According to the Patients Rights Council An advance directive is a document by which a person makes provision for health care decisions in the event that, in the future, he/she becomes unable to make those decisions. A Living Will is the oldest type of health care advance directive.
According to Science Daily Human cloning is the creation of a genetically identical copy of an existing, or previously existing, human being or growing cloned tissue from that individual.
According to Britain’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, Human cloning violates the dignity and respect due to every human individual as it undermines the rights, identity and welfare of any child created in this way. The article linked above gives a thorough explanation of both Therapeutic and Reproductive cloning as well as explaining why both remain unethical
What does the movie The Island have to say about Human Cloning?
Pikes Peak Citizens for Life understands that women and men who experience abortion are deeply hurt and in need of compassion, love, and healing. Whether the damage caused by the abortion is physical, spiritual, or psychological we advocate that a journey of healing be encouraged. The sites provided below offer resources for such healing.
According to Patients Rights Council PVS (Persistent Vegetative State) is a term used to describe someone who is awake but unaware. The person has no apparent ability to understand or respond. Coma, on the other hand, is a sleeplike state from which the person cannot be wakened. Often these terms are used inaccurately. Often the ethical issue in situations of Coma or PVS have to do with provision of food and water. The article referenced above does an excellent job of explaining the issue.
Pikes Peak Citizens for Life opposes the use of embryonic stem cells just as it is opposed to the use of fetal body parts taken from aborted babies. Stem cells are simply smaller parts from smaller babies. Thus far, Embryonic Stem Cell Research (ESCR) has not resulted in any significant cures or medical treatments for humans. Any future success that might possibly come from ESCR cannot justify the evil of destroying the life of one human being. Adult Stem Cell Research (ASCR), however, has resulted in some incredible, seemingly miraculous cures and treatments as detailed in this position paper by Stephanie Porowski.
According to Encyclopedia.com, Rights of conscience are political rights that protect people's ability to do what they believe is morally best. Rights of conscience, however, protect a person from mandatory participation in an activity if the activity in question threatens the fundamental values of an individual person.
Pikes Peak Citizens for Life does not believe that health care professionals should be forced to act against their beliefs and values in their provision of care especially where abortion, physician assisted suicide, and euthanasia are concerned.
Recent Protections for Conscience Rights by HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
We further believe that individuals and business owners should have the right to run their lives and businesses as their consciences dictate, as the Supreme Court recently decided with regard to Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Bakery.
Pikes Peak Citizens for Life believes that sexual self-control (chastity) is the healthiest way to understand human sexuality. It is 100% reliable, freeing us from pressure, diseases and anxiety. It means placing sexual intercourse within a marriage where life is protected and nurtured. Many married couples use a non-chemical, natural method of fertility awareness found in the Natural Family Planning method. PPCFL is particularly opposed to types of birth control which are abortifacient (abortion-causing) whether they prevent the pre-born child from being implanted in the uterus or cause sloughing off after implantation. This type includes the IUD, “morning after pill”, Ru-486, Norplant and in some cases the standard oral contraceptive pill. Of further concern, Oral Contraceptives have been declared a Class I Carcinogen by the World Health Organization.