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I believe that life is a sacred, mysterious gift. I stand in awe of the conscious, feeling, vibrant expression of life. Accordingly, I will not engage in any behavior, nor sanction any acts that terminate such life, or needlessly inflict pain on such living things. My respect for the sanctity, integrity, and dignity of life is such that I will oppose certain medical, biotechnological, or agribusiness practices that I see as tampering with it or degrading it.    I too believe life is to be respected.  But unlike anti-abortion activists, those battling euthanasia, opponents of capital punishment, etc, my focus is on extending that respect to animals. I believe if we link morally wrong to evil, evil to pain, pain to certain behavioral reactions we see in higher animals, then a desire to do the morally right thing dictates recognizing that animals have rights and extending ethical treatment to them.  

WV Theme #44A: Sanctity & Dignity of Life

WV Theme #44B: Animal Rights

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opposes any ending the life of unborn through abortion  objects to all activities involving pain or cruelty to animals
opposes capital punishment (legal to end life of bad criminal) practices some type of vegetarianism
opposes allowing so-called mercy killing: euthanasia respects intrinsic value of animals 
has bioethics related concerns about certain biotechnologies  objects to discrimination vs. other animals / Speciesism

summary Wikipedia article: Culture of Life

summary Wikipedia article: Animal Rights  

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2321 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2233
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 72 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 144

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #44A: Sanctity & Dignity of Life

Sanctity of Life (from online encyclopedia)
Bioethics  (from online encyclopedia)
Consistent Life Ethic (from online encyclopedia)
Right to Life  (from online encyclopedia)
NARAL Pro-Choice America (from online encyclopedia)
Stem Cell Research (from online encyclopedia)
Birth Control  (from online encyclopedia)
Suicide (from online encyclopedia)
National Right to Life  (right to life perspective on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, etc)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Pro-Life News (from LifeNews.com)
Pro Life Organizations and Web Links
Operation Rescue
Worldview Watch #9: And Man Made Life
The Sanctity of Life, by Charles Swindoll (chapter 1 (30 pages) of an online book)
"Abortion: The Tissue Trade" (argues dislike for abortion and support for Planned Parenthood should go together; in The Economist August 1, 2015)
"An Abortion Banís Bogus Arguments" (opinion piece from The New York Times May 14, 2015)
"Doctor Assisted Dying: The Right to Die" (opinion piece from The Economist June 27 2015)
"Capital Punishment The Death of the Death Penalty" by David von Drehle (cover story Time June 8 2015)
"Right to Die Advocate Brittany Maynard Ends Life" (report from BBC News Nov 3 2014)
"Assisted Suicide: Where to Go to Die" (article from The Economist July 19 2014)
"Elderly Suicides in South Korea: Poor Spirits" (article from The Economist December 7 2013)
The Hidden World of Assisted Suicide by Jason Kane (Nov 13 2012 review of PBS Frontline program on this topic) 
On Women's Reproductive Rights by Soraya Chemaly (March 15 2012 article on The Huffington Post)
"Rocker Steven Tyler of Arrowsmith Haunted by Girl Friend's Abortion" by Kevin Burke (May 2011 article)
"What Is and Isn't Abortion: A Primer" by Amanda Marcotte (April 11 2011 article)
Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America by Sara Dubow (read excerpts from this 2010 book)
"Death Becomes Him" by Bruce Falconer (March 2010 The Atlantic article about assisted suicide)
"Going Too Far With Assisted Suicide?" by Nancy Gibbs (essay in Time, August 3, 2009)
"Wanted: Someone To Play God," by Nancy Gibbs (essay in Time, March 3 2008)
"My View As a Pro-Life Woman," by Carolyn Gargaro (essay posted on her Abortion Issues website)
Against the "Sanctity of Life" (article by anti-abortion, pro capital punishment Christian minister)
Priests for Life
What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?  (pro choice perspective from losingmyreligion.com)
NARAL Pro Choice America   (abortion rights, pro choice perspective)
Choice Magazine (on the web magazine from Planned Parenthood)
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt (argues abortion is act of love; review by Clara Jeffery of book in The New York Times Oct 9 2014)
Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom in the 21st Century, by Alexander Sanger (excerpts from book)
Capital Punishment: The Death Penalty--All Points of View  (from Religious Tolerance)
The Ethics Site: Abortion, Euthanasia, Death Penalty, Bioethics  (award winning U. of Cal. at San Diego site)
Death Penalty Information Center
"Death Penalty Walking," by David von Drehle (article from Time January 14, 2008)
Moral Debates of Our Times: Abortion, Capital Punishment, Euthanasia, Animal Rights
Sister Helen Prejean (author of books The Death of Innocents, and Dead Man Walking)
The Death Penalty on Trial, by Bill Kurtis
Human Stem Cell Research -- All Viewpoints (from Religious Tolerance)
NIH Stem Cell Information Homepage
Stem Cell Research Foundation
Links to Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering Issues
Ethical and Social Issues in Biotechnology  (from University of Saskatchewan)
quotes about the sanctity of human life (Christian perspective, from Lutherans for Life website)
quotes from pro choice women and men
famous quotes related to capital punishment throughout history

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #44B: Animal Rights

Anti-hunting (from online encyclopedia)
Animal Testing (from online encyclopedia)
Factory Farming (from online encyclopedia)
Ethics of Eating Meat (from online encyclopedia)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The Humane Society of the United States 
The Moral Status of Animals 
Animal Rights Issues (from Animal Liberation)
Animal Rights Concerns ("tackling animal rights issues and encouraging a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle")
Fear Factories: The Case for Compassionate Conservatism -- for Animals, by Matthew Scully 
Factory Farming / Farm Sanctuary ("the truth hurts...stop factory farming")

"For Tracey Stewart, Life After The 'Daily Show' Is All About The Animals" ( Nov 03, 2015 story on NPR about the book Do Unto Animals...)

"Slaughterhouses: A Jungle No More" (report on changes promoted by Temple Grandin, in The Economist October 10 2015)

"Animal Rights Parties: Free the Gold Fish" (report about Dutch pro animal rights party from The Economist December 21 2013)
"Scholars Explore Christian Perspectives on Animal Rights" by Mark Oppenheimer (report in The New York Times Dec 6 2013)
"'Factory Farms' Aren't Farms: They Are Concentration Camps for Animals" by Jim Hightower (April 24 2013 opinion piece post on Common Dreams)
"Oklahoma Lifts Horse Slaughter Ban" (March 29 2013 report from USA Today)
"Bills Seek End to Farm Animal Abuse Videos" by Tracie Cone (Mar 17 2013 report from The Associated Press )
"Why Animal Research Must Be Banned" by Alisa Manzelli (Dec 6 2012 opinion piece on Global Animal website) 
"The Last Days of Foie Gras" by Ed Leibowitz (story re: rise of animal rights in California; The Atlantic July 2012) 
"Animal Rights: Whales are People, Too" (Feb 25 2012 article in The Economist)
How Meat Contributes to Global Warming, by Nathan Fiala (from Feb 2009 issue of Scientific American)
The Meat--Industrial Complex, by Mark Winne (March 2006 article from In These Times)
Which Animals Feel Pain?  
Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals With Compassion by Marc Bekoff (more about this 2007 book)
Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights (review of 2002 book by Steven M. Wise)
Links to Animal Rights, Animal Welfare
Alternatives to Animal Testing (from Johns Hopkins University)
Abused No More: Rescued Fighting Dogs, by David von Drehle (in Time Magazine, December 7 2009)
Humane Farm Animal Care (non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals) 
All Animals are Equal, by Peter Singer
Do Animals Have Rights?  (another viewpoint: the objectivist / libertarian perspective)
North American Vegetarian Society
Vegetarian Organizations and Resources
Vegan Values: Is Veganism a Religion? (from Vegan Values website)
Vegetarian Friends (monthly journal from "Quakers and other people of faith in the practice of love for animals and a vegetarian diet")
What Animals Want: Expertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy, By L.Carbone
Eco-Terrorism--The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (Re: USA law passed in Nov 2006) 
quotes from animal rights activists

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