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:
- CCBR believes that it is self-evident that human beings, by virtue of their humanity, are objectively valuable and deserving of human rights; and that these rights, in order to ensure equality, must be respected during the continuum of human life.
- CCBR acknowledges that, in human reproduction, a new, living human being comes into existence at fertilization (when a sperm fertilizes an egg).
- 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.
- 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.
- CCBR believes that imagery is a powerful tool that must be incorporated into its educational efforts.
- 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.
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