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By Mary Ann Lamanna (auth.), Sidney Callahan, Daniel Callahan (eds.)

SIDNEY CALLAHAN AND DANIEL CALLAHAN This publication, like many different activities with abortion, is a fabricated from lengthy controversy. notwithstanding conducted with cooperation, it was once conceived in clash. The clash among the coeditors has in keeping with­ sisted for years-in truth, for a minimum of 1/2 their thirty-year marriage. One, Sidney, is prolife; the opposite, Daniel, is prochoice. Ever because the subject of abortion grew to become curiosity to us, within the Sixties, we've disagreed. At one time, whereas Daniel was once writing a booklet at the topic, Abortion: legislation, selection and Morality (1970), we noted the topic each day for the 4 years of the book's gestation. On many events in the course of the Nineteen Seventies, prolife articles writ­ ten by way of Sidney have been handed out at Daniel's lectures with the intention to refute his seasoned selection perspectives. through the years, each argument, each statistic, each old instance brought up within the literature has been mentioned via the 2 folks. As Eliza Doolittle says approximately "words" in My reasonable woman, "There's nota one i have never heard. " And but we nonetheless disagree. How can or not it's, we ask ourselves, that clever humans of goodwill who comprehend the entire comparable proof and all of the similar arguments nonetheless come down on diversified facets of the con­ troversy? As we good be aware of, it really is attainable to agree approximately many stuff and feature nice love and appreciate for an opponent, and nonetheless differ.

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Although our democratic system has a strong "moral orientation," he said, it is morality as defined by the individual. Our emphasis on freedom means that Americans tend to think of rights rather than duties and that we prefer control by diffuse cultural structures (ethical systems embodied in individuals or churches) rather than a definite social organization (laws and police enforcement of abortion mores). Thus, Americans may personally object to abortion and find it morally reprehensible without necessarily endorsing laws against it.

I would find slavery and the death penalty immoral regardless of public opinion, and as a citizen would want public policy to reflect these moral convictions. We cannot base moral judgments on public opinion. Rather, moral judgments properly emerge from the religioethical value systems to which individuals subscribe. But in the long run, are these not the same? As a sociologist, I am committed to the proposition that religious value systems and their applications in codes of morality are grounded in societyY The field of hermeneutics recognizes the culturally shaped forms of religious truth.

Foster, "A Sociological Perspective on Suppor for Capital Punishment," in Hugo Adam Bedau and Charles M. Pierce, eds. Capital Punishment in the United States (New York: AMS Press, 1975). " Psychology Toda. 16 (October 1982), pp. 46-52. 21 SOCIAL SCIENCE AND ETHICAL ISSUES Social science data can tell us of community consensus or community standards on an issue. It can tell us what groups have what attitudes and how these attitudes change over time. It can tell us something about why people hold the positions they do.

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