Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
On Saturday, February 13th, Benedict XVI spoke to members of the Pontifical Academy of Life. He said that the rights which guarantee the dignity of the human person should be applied to the first moments of human life, when the person is at its weakest. He said the dignity of human life comes from God, and scientists working in the fields involving bioethics should never imagine what they hold in their hands is only easily manipulated inanimate matter.
The Holy Father said the Church always affirms that the natural law should be a barrier to any state legislating against the dignity of life. He said that the natural law also allows people to go beyond their differences, because it affirms the existence of an order impressed by the Creator in nature, and allows people to make rational judgments to pursue good and avoid evil.