Voting with Compassion
Many people, including practising Catholics, might be motivated by compassion for women in crisis pregnancy situations to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming abortion referendum. So says moral theologian Dr. John Murray, who lectures in DCU as is also chair of the Iona Institute. He adds that women in difficulties often feature in the media and form an important part of the repeal campaign – that their stories pull at our heart strings and seem to make voting ‘yes’ the kindest option.
However he argues that both sides are motivated by compassion for women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy, but that they differ on their solutions. He further questions whether you can have compassion at the cost of another, arguing that a noble end cannot justify the means.