Rice: Push pro-life agenda to general public
By MIKE de la ROSA
Because the Supreme Court will not outlaw abortion, activists must change public opinion to a pro-life stance, said law professor Charles Rice at this weekend's Collegiate Pro-Life Leadership Confer-ence.
"The Supreme Court is unanimous, and overturning Roe v. Wade is not one vote away. The objective is to honestly change minds and hearts," said Rice in his lecture, "Law, Politics and the Right to Life."
Rice spoke on the ethical nuances of abortion and euthanasia. He noted that a doctor could prescribe drugs to prolong a patient's life. A problem arises, however, because there is no way to monitor whether treatment is given for beneficial or suicidal purposes, he said.
"Both abortion and euthanasia are moving beyond the law in that the law cannot determine what the intent of the doctor is," Rice said.
Rice said abortion, as a whole, is wrong, regardless of regulation.
"Intrinsically abortion is like lining up a school-age child against a wall and shooting her," he said. "Regulating abortion by saying you can't do this without your parents' permission makes abortion equivalent to getting your ears pierced."
Rice has led or advised numerous pro-life organizations around the country, including the Free Speech Advocates of Catholics United for Life.
All News Stories for Monday, April 10, 2000