By Randall Rainey, Gerard Magill
The continued debate over abortion serves as a transparent indication that the splendid courtroom choice of 1973 did little to settle the query of abortion's legitimacy. If something, actually, the talk has grown, with extra strident voices and, often times, extra violent dimensions than ever prior to. On each side, the controversy has been ruled by way of passionate yet now not constantly rational arguments. it kind of feels as notion there aren't any tame evaluations approximately abortion during this state, that public coverage is the fabricated from slogans, sound bites, and placards, rather than principled argument. via offering the balanced, rational argument for the Catholic place in this hugely charged topic, Abortion and Public coverage makes an incredible contribution to public coverage discourse in our pluralistic society. R. Randall Rainey, S.J., LL.M., is Senior Fellow on the Woodstock Theological middle at Georgetown collage. Gerard Magill Ph.D., is Chair of the dept of overall healthiness Care Ethics and Director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. application in health and wellbeing Care Ethics at Saint Louis college.
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Casey, then Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to give the keynote address of the conference. The remarks of Governor Casey, delivered to the conference participants assembled in a restored courtroom in the original courthouse in which the Dred Scott decision was first rendered in Missouri, thoroughly demonstrate his commitment both to the rule of law and to thinking with the Church in the modern world. Governor Casey challenges all of us to face the tragedy of abortion with intellectual integrity, moral courage, and political will.
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.
Both of the co-editors served on the Conference Planning Committee: R. D. program in Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University's Health Sciences Center. Finally, we extend gratitude to Ann Coble and Marianne Page xii Sheahan, Graduate Assistants whose cooperation contributed to the production of this volume. While the results of the conference gathered in this volume may not change the way people in the United States think about the issue of abortion, this book will at least demonstrate that it is possible to examine highly controverted issues of moral complexity from the scholarly perspectives of interdisciplinary academic discourse within the Catholic tradition.
Abortion and Public Policy:: An Interdisciplinary Investigation within the Catholic Tradition. by Randall Rainey, Gerard Magill