Abortion: Doomed Only to an Immoderate Response?
Drane, James F.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1992 Fall; 3(3): 238-240.
La Puma's article [La Puma, J. "A perinatal ethics committee on abortion," p. 196-203] for me was important and disappointing because it showed that, in a Protestant hospital community, any attempt to move toward moderation in the sense of a middle-ground position on abortion is likely to be unsuccessful. The ethics committee he reported on did not work, because intransigent secular ideologies held sway over official church statement of belief, even in a supposedly believing community. Cultural slogans, like pro life and pro choice, turn out to be more powerful than careful official church statements of Christian ethics....Given the politics within Catholicism today, however, not much likelihood exists that Catholic professionals will have an opportunity to belong to an ethics committee for abortion requests in Catholic hospitals. Abortions will take place even in Catholic institutions because tragic situations are inevitable, but they will either be hidden or called something else. It is difficult for church authorities holding intransigent positions to be altogether honest about what actually takes place. Appearance is more important than reality when no exceptions are admitted to moral rules.
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