By Randall Rainey, Gerard Magill
The continuing debate over abortion serves as a transparent indication that the best court docket determination of 1973 did little to settle the query of abortion's legitimacy. If something, actually, the controversy has grown, with extra strident voices and, from time to time, extra violent dimensions than ever sooner than. On either side, the talk has been ruled by means of passionate yet now not continuously rational arguments. it kind of feels as suggestion there aren't any tame critiques approximately abortion during this kingdom, that public coverage is the made from slogans, sound bites, and placards, rather than principled argument. via featuring the balanced, rational argument for the Catholic place in this hugely charged topic, Abortion and Public coverage makes an important 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 wellbeing and fitness Care Ethics and Director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. software in well-being Care Ethics at Saint Louis collage.
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60 Regarding the nonconstitutional sense of personhood, Justice Blackmun argued: We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. 62 The Court then embraced an extremely radical position that precipitated the constitutional crisis surrounding abortion. Notwithstanding its admitted lack of moral or philosophical certainty, the Roe majority acted as if it knew that the unborn were not human beings. Consequently, as a matter of constitutional principle, human personhood in the context of abortion only begins at birth.
101 Defending the sanctity of life involves two claims:  that human life because of its very existence is sacred, and hence its value does not depend on particular medical or developmental conditions; and  that because all human lives have dignity and are of equal value they share the same right to life. 102 Page 18 Some Measure of Success This call to action was answered zealously by the Catholic community and has been sustained with admirable perseverance. At every level of civil society Catholic action on behalf of the unborn has been visible and vocal.
Success also has occurred in the legislative and judicial campaign to undermine the rationale and constitutional status of the right of abortion. 110 Although abortion on demand is still available in all fifty States, this public policy strategy has borne good fruit at least at the level of rights discourse. 112 Although the Court has yet to sustain a substantive prohibition Page 20 upon a pre-viability abortion, it has upheld a twenty-four-hour waiting period for adult women 113 and a forty-eight-hour waiting period for minors114 when such temporal restrictions include a medical emergency exception.
Abortion and Public Policy:: An Interdisciplinary Investigation within the Catholic Tradition. by Randall Rainey, Gerard Magill