The Catholic Church is against abortion because it has always been against it. Although the prohibition is not in the New Testament, Christian documents as old as the books of the New Testament explicitly treat abortion as a sin. Individual Catholics have allowed early abortion because of the mistaken belief that life began with "the quickening." Some still argue a like point, holding to the dubious doctrine that the fetus does not become a human being until its brain develops sufficiently. But this does not speak to the point that America abortion law is indifferent to the actual development of the fetus and allows the abortion even of late term fetuses. So really, men like Clark and Kerry have no relgious cover at all. They are publicly opposing one of the most ancient moral teachings of the Catholic Church.
posted on 01/10/2004 10:25:46 AM PST
Absolutely. I, too, am opposed to abortion. To my knowledge, there isn't a religious doctrine anywhere that promotes "choice" in this regard.
You are wrong, though, about American abortion law being indifferent to the development of the fetus. Roe v. Wade does not guarantee the right to third-trimester abortions. That ruling takes into account the age at which fetuses could live outside the mother's womb. I still think the ruling was a sham, but you are wrong on that.
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