More thoughts in response to Albuquerque

I’ve noticed in general that there are no activists working against late-term abortion among all the folks who claim they think life begins sometime after conception. In other words, even after they recognize the existence of life, they don’t much care about protecting it. Many say they will put up with a little protection, as a compromise with pro-lifers, but they are personally almost indifferent as to whether the late-term abortions brought abouit by Roe continue. Bottom line: All those working hard against abortion at any stage are working against it from conception, and those not working hard against it from conception are not working against it at any later stage either. Put another way, our fundamental divide is truly between those who for life and those who are not for life, period. This is very sad indeed. Please, someone tell me my logic here is wrong.

Richard Stith

Richard Stith is a research professor at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Having received both his law degree and a doctorate in ethics from Yale University, he taught legal philosophy and comparative law at Valpo Law for 41 years. From Harvard and from the University of California, Berkeley, he holds degrees in political theory. He was for a year director of the Program in Biomedical Ethics at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He served for many years on the Advisory Council of the National Lawyers Association and on the Board of Editors of the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW and has taught and published on comparative law and legal philosophy in Spain, India, China, Ukraine, Chile and Mexico. In 2001, he became the first U.S. professor to be designated by the European Commission as teacher of a Jean Monnet Module (on the law of the European Union) and shortly thereafter was named the first Swygert Research Fellow in recognition of his scholarship. He is a consultant on the Academic Council for the doctoral program in law at the Universidad de Los Andes in Chile, where he has directed doctoral seminars. Professor Stith has served as a member of the national boards of University Faculty for Life and of the Consistent Life Network. He has been a speaker at national, state, and international right-to-life gatherings and has presented pro-life testimony by invitation before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution and to state and foreign legislative committees. Among his significant publications: “The Priority of Respect: How Our Common Humanity Can Ground Our Individual Dignity,” International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (2004): 165. Other works can be found at Email: [email protected]