Changing Unjust Laws Justly
Pro-Life Solidarity with "the Last and Least"
When John Paul II addressed the problem caused by the existence of a pro-abortion law, he taught that pro-life legislators "could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law" (Evangelium vitae, n. 73). Harte argues that the pope is necessarily referring to just proposals aimed at limiting the harm and that unjust or "imperfect" legislation has not been approved. He argues that many interpretations of the pope's teaching are flawed because they do not not distinguish between just and unjust proposals that could limit the harm. The book describes the sorts of just proposals that the author thinks could be rightly supported, and argues that, in spite of good intentions, pro-lifers act unjustly if they support unjust restrictive proposals.
Changing Unjust Laws Justly is the first book to address systematically the practical, legal, and ethical problems that are encountered in well-intentioned attempts to restrict abortion. It will be of considerable interest not only to political, legal, and moral philosophers, but also to lawmakers and the pro-life movement generally.
About the Author
"In his remarkable book, Colin Harte considers the question of supporting laws to restrict abortion. Though restrictive abortion laws may save lives, Harte argues that they are unjust and a violation of solidarity with the most vulnerable of the unborn. His arguments merit serious consideration."—Tadeusz Styczeń, S.D.S., John Paul II Institute, Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
"Changing Unjust Laws Justly is an important book that challenges some of the central policy positions of the pro-life movement. It is nothing less than a wake-up call to those academics and activists who have forgotten that the intrinsic justice of a law is at the heart of one's proper attitude to it. Harte is meticulous in his research and painstaking in his argument. It is to be hoped that his book provokes a long-overdue reassessment of where the pro-life movement currently stands and of the direction in which it should be heading."—David S. Oderberg, University of Reading, England
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