Abortion and Public Policy:: An Interdisciplinary by Randall Rainey, Gerard Magill

By Randall Rainey, Gerard Magill

The continued debate over abortion serves as a transparent indication that the best courtroom selection of 1973 did little to settle the query of abortion's legitimacy. If whatever, in reality, the controversy has grown, with extra strident voices and, from time to time, extra violent dimensions than ever sooner than. On either side, the controversy has been ruled by means of passionate yet now not consistently rational arguments. it kind of feels as proposal there aren't any tame evaluations approximately abortion during this nation, that public coverage is the manufactured from slogans, sound bites, and placards, rather than principled argument. by way of proposing the balanced, rational argument for the Catholic place in this hugely charged topic, Abortion and Public coverage makes an immense contribution to public coverage discourse in our pluralistic society. R. Randall Rainey, S.J., LL.M., is Senior Fellow on the Woodstock Theological heart at Georgetown college. Gerard Magill Ph.D., is Chair of the dept of future health Care Ethics and Director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. application in wellbeing and fitness Care Ethics at Saint Louis college.

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Abortion and Public Policy:: An Interdisciplinary Investigation within the Catholic Tradition.

The continuing debate over abortion serves as a transparent indication that the perfect courtroom determination of 1973 did little to settle the query of abortion's legitimacy. If something, in reality, the controversy has grown, with extra strident voices and, now and again, extra violent dimensions than ever sooner than. On each side, the talk has been ruled via passionate yet now not consistently rational arguments.

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75 A brief review of the principle arguments advanced by the Bishops will illustrate the essential elements of the public policy of the Catholic Church in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade. Having summarized the competent evidence of the humanity and personhood of fetal life, the Bishops made clear the fundamental question which the American public must ask and answer if it aspires to be a just society in its treatment of the unborn. Honesty compels us all to admit that in the abortion debate the question of when human life begins is not the central issue in dispute.

In this sense, each individual receives his or her life and personhood from God. All of us, including the unborn, thus share a fundamental moral equality, which together with human dignity constitute the profound moral significance of being human. These characteristics of the human being are not negotiable. Moral and legal recognition of this universal human dignity and equality therefore may not be conditioned upon live birth or viability or the absence of physical defect or upon any other human criterion.

G. 83 In addition they argued that both at common law and in American jurisprudence prior to Roe, there was ample evidence of the moral value and legal recognition of fetal life even prior to viability. If the unborn can inherit, be compensated for pre-natal injuries, . . 84 Page 14 To disregard the weight of this legal tradition and to engage in speculation about "meaningful life" and "the potentiality of human life" was deeply troubling. Accordingly, the Bishops warned that: [T]he Court has set the stage for societyor governmentto decide that some lives are "devoid of value," are lacking in "meaningfulness," or are unworthy of protection because their continuation is a threat to the convenience of others.

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