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Full text Translate this document to: Select Language French German Spanish Portuguese Italian Korean Japanese Russian Loading document .... Please wait. AUTHOR:John F. Kavanaugh TITLE:In Defense of Human Life SOURCE:America 197 no17 8 N 26 2007 COPYRIGHT:(c) America Press, Inc. (2002). All Rights Reserved. To contact the publisher: By the time this column appears, the U.S. Catholic bishops will probably have issued their document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility. I hope the first two words of the title are retained, for they represent the particular challenges American Catholics face when they address the public square on matters of abortion and embryonic stem cell research. To "form" is to inform. And information is vital to sound judgment, especially one's moral judgment, one's conscience. The problem is this: there is a great deal of ignorance and misinformation about human embryological development. Take, for example, a recent article by Garry Wills, "Abortion Isn't a Religious Issue," that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and was featured on National Public Radio. Wills, a gifted scholar and writer who has had considerable training in philosophy and theology, manages to confuse the reader thrice in three short paragraphs.
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