Professor of Moral Theology, Mount St. Mary's Seminary
09/30/2008 - Since the Supreme Court's historic 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, the issue of a woman's right to an abortion has fostered one of the most contentious moral and political debates in America. Opponents of abortion rights argue that life begins at conception - making abortion tantamount to homicide. Abortion rights advocates, in contrast, maintain that women have a right to decide what happens to their bodies - sometimes without any restrictions.
To explore the case against abortion rights, the Pew Forum turns to the Rev. J. Daniel Mindling, a professor of moral philosophy and academic dean at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmetsburg, Md. In addition to his academic duties, Mindling serves as a consultant to the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities at the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.
A counterargument explaining the case for abortion rights is made by the Rev. Carlton W. Veazey, president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
The Rev. J. Daniel Mindling, Professor of Moral Theology, Mount St. Mary's Seminary
David Masci, Senior Research Fellow, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Read the complete Q & A Fundamental Dignity at Every Stage of Life: An Argument Against Abortion Rights Featuring the Rev. J. Daniel Mindling on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Web site.