"44. Human life is sacred. The dignity of the human person
is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Direct attacks on
innocent persons are never morally acceptable, at any stage or in any
condition. In our society, human life is especially under direct attack
from abortion. Other direct threats to the sanctity of human life
include euthanasia, human cloning, and the destruction of human embryos
"45. Catholic teaching about the dignity of life calls us to oppose torture, unjust war, and the use of the death penalty; to prevent genocide and attacks against noncombatants; to oppose racism; and to overcome poverty and suffering. Nations are called to protect the right to life by seeking effective ways to combat evil and terror without resorting to armed conflicts except as a last resort, always seeking first to resolve disputes by peaceful means. We revere the lives of children in the womb, the lives of persons dying in war and from starvation, and indeed the lives of all human beings as children of God."