Are Denominational Positions on Abortion Changing?
The last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in the abortion question. The passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (including its successful review by the Supreme Court in Gonzalez v. Carhart) and the public discussions of the gruesome nature of this type of abortion have raised society’s consciousness on the issue and have renewed a national discussion on the sanctity of human life.
The high incidence of abortion in the United States, with an estimated 1.2 million being performed every year, has also raised concerns as to the wisdom of our current national policy of abortion availability with few restrictions. Even many social moderates have begun to question whether the legalization of abortion, which was touted in the 1970s as a humane way to handle crisis pregnancies (those resulting from rape or incest, or involving fetal deformities or threats to the mother’s life), has become instead a vastly overused means of dealing with any unwanted pregnancy.
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Dennis Di Mauro is the secretary of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, and a doctoral student in Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of A Love for Life: Christianity’s Consistent Protection of the Unborn (2008).
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