Catholics also believe that anyone who "procures and abortion," which presumably applies to politicians whose votes make abortion and abortion funding possible, is automatically excommunicated.
Technically, procuring an abortion applies to abortionists, clinic assistants, and the woman procuring the abortion.
But, legislating to make abortion possible is surely only a half-step of separation from procurement.
If a Catholic politician is concerned that his faith prohibits him from representing all of his constituents, he should renounce Catholicism. Or, he should realize that unborn fetuses are also his constituents, and he is not representing them by enabling their extermination.
posted on 01/11/2004 7:03:36 PM PST
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he should renounce Catholicism
renounce his pretense to Catholicism : )
posted on 01/11/2004 7:19:11 PM PST
Yes, indeed. Voting in favor of abortion isn't quite the same thing as actually committing or procuring an abortion.
But you can draw an analogy to murder. You don't actually have to pull the trigger to be complicit in murder. If, for instance, you give money to a professional to murder someone, you are legally and morally responsible for the murder. Similarly, if you vote to provide tax money for abortions, you are effectively responsible for the abortions committed with that funding.
There may be some cases, for instance where a politician voted for limited abortion to avoid an even worse law being passed, where there might be some excuse. But even there, proportionality is not widely accepted as a valid moral argument among traditional theologians. Probably it would be legitimate to vote for a bill that made abortion in the third trimester legitimate, but it would be illegitimate to vote for a bill that proclaimed that abortion in the first two trimesters should be legal.
In most cases, the moral lines are pretty clear, however.
posted on 01/11/2004 7:45:14 PM PST
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