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.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Claudia Avignone, but I know she was a woman of deep faith. That faith, however, was tested when she was diagnosed with brain cancer in late 2009. The mother of three sons suffered greatly the last several months of her life, and yet she also experienced mystical phenomena that left her family with a profound peace when she died on August 15, 2010.The following is a moving letter, written by the Avignone family, of Claudia's final days in this world. Many thanks to David Avignone for permitting me to reprint the letter in this column.