Abortion Conscience & Democracy by Mark R. MacGuigan

By Mark R. MacGuigan

Few matters have polarized Canadians and american citizens up to the abortion debate. during this considerate and notion - frightening mirrored image at the implications the legislations on abortion has on democracy, Mark MacGuigan brings a miles - wanted standpoint to this debatable topic. Few everyone is to boot certified to take action: MacGuigan is a former legislation professor, minister of justice and legal professional normal of Canada, a Catholic, and a federal appellate - courtroom judge.Distinguishing rigorously among morality and the legislations, MacGuigan incorporates a heritage of the felony legislation, the Catholic Church's perspectives, and the usually - neglected roles of person moral sense, freedom and accountability in democracy. He reports the fundamental debate, very important case histories, and the evolving social views that experience connected themselves to discussions of abortion. He additionally contains chapters at the similar problems with birth control and euthanasia. MacGuigan refers to a variety of influential and foreign records and decisions: papal encyclicals, the Wolfenden file, Roe vs. Wade, a ruling in a case that concerned Dr. Henry Morgentaler, and various different assets. With nice candour, MacGuigan additionally explores how his personal angle and place have replaced to the purpose the place he now opposes any laws proscribing abortion earlier than viability. those who find themselves looking readability of the problems and people who are looking to uncloud the rhetoric and the arguments are usually not omit examining this crucial paintings.

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We should recognize orgasm as the psychosomatic reality that brings together the physical and spiritual. Sexual intercourse, then, is the act which gives life to the couple on each and every occasion — and, on a few occasions, creates new life. These latter occasions are so few and the biology which gives rise to them so determined that it embraces only a minute part of the physiological cycle of the month. By every criterion, that is to say from the design of the biological pattern and its physiological meaning, the act does not remotely require that reproduction should be an essential characteristic of each and every act of intercourse.

The doctrine was formed in a society where slavery, slave concubinage, and inferiority of women were important elements of the environment affecting sexual relations. The education of children was neither universal nor expensive. Underpopulation was a main government concern ... That intercourse must only be for a procreative purpose, that intercourse in menstruation is mortal sin, that intercourse in pregnancy is forbidden, that intercourse has a nat- THE MORALITY OF CONTRACEPTION 21 ural position — all these were once common opinions of the theologians and are so no more.

Vatican II is of no help in this respect, since its whole treatment of abortion is confined to the following statement:7 51. For God, the Lord of life, has conferred on man the surpassing ministry of safeguarding life — a ministry which must be fulfilled in a manner which is worthy of man. Therefore from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care, while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes. 38 ABORTION, CONSCIENCE & DEMOCRACY These authoritative documents leave at least three question without satisfactory answers: (1) When does life really begin?

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