right to life

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right to life (uncountable)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see right,‎ life.
  2. (public policy, law, ethics) The right of a human being to the continuation of his or her life.
  3. (US, public policy, law, ethics) The moral or legal entitlement of an unborn child to be born, and not have its birth prevented through an abortion or other medical procedure.
    • 1974-03, Martha Hume, "Abortions in Texas", Texas Monthly, page 65
      Texas Right to Life, a statewide, anti-abortion, anti-euthanasia organization, was organized last summer. Right to Life groups in Dallas and Houston have been active for some time.
    • 1987-06, Dale Keiger, "The Quiet Minority", Cincinnati Magazine, page 68
      That means women should have the right to be free about their own bodies. I believe a woman has a right to life. The opposition is an anti-freedom group, rather than, as they have very effectively called themselves, a right-to-life group.

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