By Randall Rainey, Gerard Magill
The continuing debate over abortion serves as a transparent indication that the perfect court docket selection of 1973 did little to settle the query of abortion's legitimacy. If something, in reality, the talk has grown, with extra strident voices and, on occasion, extra violent dimensions than ever ahead of. On either side, the controversy has been ruled via passionate yet now not regularly rational arguments. it kind of feels as concept there aren't any tame reviews approximately abortion during this state, that public coverage is the made of slogans, sound bites, and placards, rather than principled argument. via proposing 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 collage. Gerard Magill Ph.D., is Chair of the dep. of future health Care Ethics and Director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. software in overall healthiness Care Ethics at Saint Louis college.
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Part of the struggle has demanded confrontation with the pro-choice bias of the print and electronic media, which have inadequately informed the public about the nature and practice of abortion. 124 Regarding the state of the law of abortion, a very small percentage of the public actually understands the frequency of abortions in the United States or recognize that an abortion can be procured after the first trimester. Catholic efforts to counteract this "abortion distortion"125 and those activities of sister churches, synagogues and other pro-life organizations have tried to help make the public more aware of the nature and practice of abortion since 1973.
63 In the first trimester, the exercise of the abortion right is unconditional and may not be proscribed for any reason. A physician may refuse to perform an abortion; but no State, after Roe v. Wade, possessed the power to prohibit a first trimester abortion if desired by the mother and agreed to by her doctor. A State may, of course, impose time, place, and manner regulations bearing upon informed consent, majority age, and the health and safety of the medical procedure. During the second trimester, a State may regulate in the interest of ensuring maternal health and safety.
100 In the "Pastoral Guidelines for Catholic Hospitals" the Bishops reaffirmed unequivocally the moral teaching of the Church in regard to abortion. The opinion of the Court is wrong and is entirely contrary to the fundamental principles of morality. . Whenever a conflict arises between the law of God and any human law we are held to follow God's law. . 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.