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Re: Religious Freedom under Threat: Panel & Discussion

Oct. 22 at 6:00pm | see this comment in context

Around 5'40", Colosi stated that pro-choice advocates reject moral absolutism.  Though he later modified his comments to say that this is the former position of the abortion lobby, I don't think it accurately presents normative arguments, past or present, of people who favor legal access to abortion.  They might, for instance believe either:

  1. That abortion is immoral, but that the state should not enforce laws prohibiting it; or
  2. That not all abortions are immoral;

Now, if someone accepts the Catholic position that all human beings are equally precious and worthy of protection from the moment of conception to their natural deaths, then either of these positions becomes impossible to square withobjective/absolute morals.  But, again, that presumes one accepts Catholic premises on this; almost definitionally, however, someone who is pro-choice does not.

I would be curious to hear Colosi address those -- like me -- who 1) Believe that an absolute morality exists, but dissent from the Catholic understanding on this particular issue and who 2) Beleive it is wrong for the government to force Catholics to pay for abortions or contraceptives.

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