A Corollary Practical Recommendation

July 11, 2008 § 3 Comments

Because of the grave danger of falling into formal cooperation with evil (which is another way of saying ‘failing to meet the means-end integrity required by double effect’, which is another way of saying ‘failing to exhibit the minimal virtues required of Christians’) when voting for a pro-choice politician, I have a practical recommendation for those who are considering it.

That practical recommendation is simply to be as loud and uncompromising as possible on the specific point that abortion absolutely must be made illegal. We all have a grave duty to conscientiously object to the abortion legal regime. The temptation for a supporter of a pro-choice politician to ‘tone down’ on the absolute necessity to make abortion illegal, with that toning down as a means to the end of collaborating with pro-choicers (that is, people who, against Catholic doctrine, believe that abortion should be legal), is doubtless very strong. But doing so, in my understanding, fails double-effect, and is unqualifiedly evil.

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§ 3 Responses to A Corollary Practical Recommendation

  • JohnMcG says:

    Amen on that.

  • JohnMcG says:

    Among the reasons this is a positive development is that if the Democrats were confronted with how many of them have serious misgivings about their policies on abortion, I think it would make it much more difficult for them to continue to paint the movement as a bunch of extermists and whackos.Imagine if something were to happen at the DNC convention — let’s say that 30% of Democrats are pro-life. What if they all showed up in some pro-life shirt on one day of the convention. Or engaged in some visible protest?

  • zippy says:

    I had you in mind specifically – in a good way – when I wrote this one, John.

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