English: Thomas of Aquino’s exchange of ideas and the church magesterium present an ex h a ustive
overv i ew for the implementation of the dignity of human life.The result of such an exchange
of ideas causes the church magesterium to oppose every threat to human life from the
moment of conception. The threat to human life is most intense at the point where life
begins — at that stage where it is at its most defenceless. It is, for example, pre-natal.
It is at this moment when humans are totally dependent on the goodwill and care of others.
The church magesterium attempts to have an awareness of a “culture of life” take hold
in civil society. By having created the human soul, God clothed humans in godliness.
Human life, therefore, has a sacred and inviolable quality. The inviolate quality of human
life is guaranteed by the Constitution of South Africa. It guarantees the equality of all
in law, also that of the fo e t u s.Should there be any violation of this right, it would have farreaching
implications for political civil society. Humankind is obliged to respect life. It
expresses humankind’s relationship to fellow-man: and it is valid from the first moment
of conception through to adulthood. The foetus also is a fe l l ow human being and his or
her rights should be respected just as the case would be with every other human being.