Thursday 19 October 2017

Morality and judgment are central to the abortion debate

A priest at an anti-abortion rally in Belfast. Photo: Paul Faith/Getty
A priest at an anti-abortion rally in Belfast. Photo: Paul Faith/Getty
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The issue of abortion in Ireland serves to exemplify the general ambiguity that characterises moral decisions, often leading to abusive confrontation between the differing protagonists, driven by non-negotiable certainties, rarely moving beyond predictable mutual antipathies.

Moral discourse has changed in character over time. There is far less emphasis now on determining what actions are right, with a sharper focus on what sort of person I should be.

In religious terms, there has been a tendency to overemphasise the notion of the soul as the bit of us that survives death.

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