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sanctity of life


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The belief that all human life is intrinsically valuable. The concept often, but not always, derives from a faith-based belief that life is a gift from God and, as such, should never be deliberately harmed or destroyed. Those who hold such a view will have ethical objections to euthanasia, abortion, and embryo research. The phrase may also be used to denote that the value of life should always be respected, whatever the perceived quality of that life. See also humanity, personhood.

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