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January 31, 2009

A partial response to Elisee Ouoba on the issue of the church's stance on abortion

Filed under: ethics,politics — Petros @ 9:46 pm
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I want to thank you for your commentary on the American church. It is useful, because as a doctoral student in America, you may be able see things to which we ourselves are blind. I am in Canada, so I am not aware of how such issues affect the church in the US except through my reading. I am not an anti-abortion activist. But I am opposed to the practice and I also see it as an important issue for judging the character of a political candidate.

With regard to abortions, the reason it makes no difference which party is in power is that the policy is no longer determined by a democratically elected legislatures; in 1973, the judicial branch, the Supreme Court of the United States, took away the authority to decide the legality of abortion from the legislative branches–this is an usurpation of democracy, taking the right from the people to form the laws that will govern them. The Supreme Court decision in 1973, Roe vs. Wade, wiped out all of the abortion laws in 50 states. It went from being a public policy issue to the privacy issue regarding woman’s right to do with her own body what she wants. There is a series of seminal articles on this subject in First Things November 1996.
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