In the Catholic social vision, the human person is central, the clearest reflection of God among us. The life of every human being, from inception through each stage of development to natural death, is sacred, deserving of respect and worthy of legal protection. As we strive to achieve full legal protection for all human lives, we support incremental legislative advances, such as those listed in this section, as important steps toward this goal.
The Catholic tradition proclaims that the person is not only sacred, but social. The God-given institutions of marriage and family are the basic cells of society. We support policies that strengthen the quality of family life, with particular attention to families with special needs.