The Iowa Catholic Conference holds the protection of human life and dignity as a foundational principle, including limitations on late-term and “webcam” abortions. We see human life as priceless and belonging to God.

This leads us to other important concerns. We say “life AND dignity.” Human dignity means those things that are necessary for a genuinely human life: food and water, clean air, shelter, clothing, education, health care, peace and security, a place to work. These are the goods we hold in common with each other, and access in a similar way.

In the eyes of the Church, serving the common good is the reason that political authority exists. Government has a role to play in protecting the common good. At the same time, government should appreciate the limits of its power and recognize the role of mediating institutions.

Definition of Key Concepts in Catholic Social Teaching