Friday, April 15, 2005

Really?

This month the cover of Crisis Magazine is "If Abortion Were Outlawed Tomorrow... Would We Be Ready". The story (not available online), "The Law of Unintended Consequences - A Cautionary Look at Overturning Roe v. Wade", is by Elizabeth Thecla Mauro.

Surprisingly, the author claims if Roe v. Wade were overturned, there would be a schism in the Catholic Church!!!! I find this scenario extremely hard to believe.

A Communist nation may not be able to transition to free-market and free democratic processes in an instant without a transitional phase - but I don't think outlawing abortion in this country would have such major economic represcussions - or spritual reprecussions in the Catholic Church as the author fears. I was so flabberghasted to read the article and the reasoning (or lack thereof) I can barely comment intelligently.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read that article. I did not get that conclusion from it. It seemed to me she was exploring possible ramifications that could come from overturning Roe v Wade without first following through on President Bush's idea that hearts and minds must be changed.

Jim said...

Dear Anonymous: I may have to read the article again. Certainly G.W.Bush has a point abut hears and minds - actually the point is that the country may not be ready to overturn Roe v. Wade because not enough hearts and minds (education) have been changed. I don't think he meant (or if he did, he is wrong)that the country would have a crisis or is somehow unprepared to take this step because of the consequences. Yet the author takes up on this - that somehow the country and Catholics in particular would have some sort of crisis if Roe v. Wade disappeared tomorrow. This is what I go out of it and as I said was so incredulous I could hardly comment other than to report. I will read it again and post anew if I change my impression.

Anyway - thanks for the comment.

Jim