Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Ethics of Abortion

I think that I will be getting this book. Nat Hentoff also argues for Life based only on reason and natural law, etc. (A liberal Jewish atheist who is very pro-life). It will be on my 'wishlist'...

“The Ethics of Abortion”LMU philosopher's new book appeals
to reason alone to make pro-life case



By Benjamin Mann

Los Angeles (CNA) -- Dr. Christopher Kaczor's latest book argues against
abortion through reason alone, without reference to the author's Catholic faith.
But his inspiration in writing the book came from a canonized saint.

“Whenever St. Thomas Aquinas considered a question,” Kaczor told CNA,
“he made sure to state the objections to his point of view as strongly as he
could – so as to make his own answers even more compelling, even to those who
initially disagreed.”

Kaczor, a professor of philosophy at Loyola
Marymount University in Los Angeles, sought to do the same in his book, The
Ethics of Abortion: Women's Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice.

Many professional philosophers, he said, “are very clever, and have
spent a great deal of energy and time defending the moral permissibility of
abortion.”

Instead of appealing to religious authority or an instinctive
sense of outrage, Kaczor has sought to examine the arguments for abortion with
painstaking care – in order to point out flawed premises, logical
inconsistencies, or absurd results.

“I appeal only to reason, science,
and history in making a case that abortion is morally wrong,” he explained.
“I’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible. Over the course of about 10
years in writing this book, I tried to take into account every major argument
given in favor of abortion and then to counter it.”

Read the rest:

California Catholic Daily - “The Ethics of Abortion”

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