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 ideal courtroom determination of 1973 did little to settle the query of abortion's legitimacy. If something, in truth, the talk has grown, with extra strident voices and, in certain cases, extra violent dimensions than ever sooner than. On either side, the controversy has been ruled by way of passionate yet now not continually rational arguments. it sort of feels as inspiration there aren't any tame reviews approximately abortion during this state, that public coverage is the manufactured from slogans, sound bites, and placards, rather than principled argument. by means of proposing the balanced, rational argument for the Catholic place in this hugely charged topic, Abortion and Public coverage makes a huge 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 well-being Care Ethics and Director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. software in future health Care Ethics at Saint Louis collage.

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58 Page 10 This socio-political legal framework was radically altered by the Supreme Court in 1973 in Roe v. Wade. Contrary to common law and to the uniform practice of the respective States, Justice Harry A. Blackmun, writing for the seven person majority, announced without further explanation that ''[the] right of privacy . . founded in the Fourteentth Amendment's concept of personal liberty . . "60 Regarding the nonconstitutional sense of personhood, Justice Blackmun argued: We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins.

183 The Church and Abortion in the 1990s: The Role of Institutional Leadership J. D. 203 Contributors 229 Indices 233 Page vii Preface Any observer of the social scene in America will acknowledge that abortion is a hotly contested issue. Although the 1973 decision of the United States Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade constitutionalized the right of abortion and legalized the act of abortion throughout pregnancy, the public controversy concerning abortion has intensified rather than diminished during the last two decades.

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.

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