The modern Catholic trope, endlessly repeated, is that we should “respect life from conception to natural death.”
“Natural” death as opposed to what? Violent death? Death as a penalty? Are we supposed to disrespect the lives of those who die, say, accidentally?
Does anyone even have any idea what a natural death is? I know what death by natural causes is, but even then I don’t say the person who experienced it suffered a natural death. More to the point, “natural causes” is simply a euphemism, not any rigorous statement about reality. “Death by natural causes” says no more about nature than “restroom” says about rest. And so we are left with no idea at all of what this terminus of respect is supposed to be.
Why not just “from conception onward” or just “till death”?
(My suspicion is that the slogan started off as a well-intentioned attempt to speak against the death penalty, but it led to a half-witted, overly complex, and incoherent statement)