File 1886

Position Statement

CCBR focuses on making the killing of pre-born human beings unthinkable. Societal misperception of the pre-born has lead to widespread acceptance of activities, such as abortion and embryonic stem cell research, which treat the pre-born as commodities rather than as human beings. This particular group is endangered in a way few other groups are.

In order to change this misperception, there must be a concentrated focus on injustices directed towards the pre-born. There are many injustices directed towards born people as well, but CCBR's limited focus can be compared to that of organizations which combat cancer to the exclusion of other diseases: in order to find a cure, these organizations devote all of their resources and refine their expertise on cancer even though there are other life-threatening diseases such as AIDS.

As Frederick the Great said, "He who defends everything defends nothing."

CCBR's views can be summarized as follows:

  1. CCBR believes that it is self-evident that human beings, by virtue of their humanity, are objectively valuable; that value makes them equal in worth to one another.
  2. CCBR acknowledges that, in human reproduction, a new, living human being comes into existence at fertilization (when a sperm fertilizes an egg).
  3. CCBR holds that abortion, in surgical, chemical, or any other form, directly and intentionally kills a pre-born human being and is therefore wrong, regardless of the circumstances under which that human being was conceived or the circumstances in which that human being continues to develop.
  4. CCBR recognizes that other mechanisms that jeopardize the lives of pre-born human beings, such as abortifacient birth control and some reproductive and scientific technologies, are also wrong.
  5. CCBR believes that imagery is a powerful tool that must be incorporated into its educational efforts.
  6. CCBR condemns all forms of abortion-related violence and will not collaborate with groups or individuals who fail to condemn such violence.

CCBR's overarching strategy can be found here.