New Haven, Conn., Oct 26, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At Yale’s first annual pro-life conference, advocates emphasized moving beyond current pro-life efforts to more directly address the issues and understandings of persons who dot see the dignity of all human life.
“Abortion might be the most boring moral issue we grapple with today,” said Michael Hannon, managing editor of The Thomistic Institute in New York City, a panelist at the Oct. 18 conference.
“That doesn’t mean it’s unimportant, and that certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it, but I do think it’s incredibly uninteresting, and I think it’s incredibly uninteresting because it’s incredibly obvious.”
Hannon spoke at an Oct. 18 panel called “Beyond the Pro-Life Pep Rally: Where we Go From Here?” alongside Tristyn Bloom and David Nolan, both junior fellows at First Things, and Nora Calhoun, a registered nurse and doula.
The conference, called “Vita et Veritas,” or “Life and Truth,” was held at Yale’s St. Thomas More chapel and Catholic campus chaplaincy, and was sponsored by Choose Life at Yale, or CLAY. Co-sponsoring the conference were the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Students for Life of America, Christian Union, and Life Matters Journal.
Hannon explained that in general, pro-life conferences “do a great good for us.” He warned, however, against a “pep rally” mentality among pro-lifers, and against a focus on abortion as a complicated moral question because, in reality, “abortion is the most black-and-white- issue there is.”
He said that he doesn’t see “how we can turn a blind eye” to a parent killing an unborn child, when there is a proper understanding of the reality of life more broadly.
The more interesting question, Hannon continued, is not whether or not the unborn are persons, or if abortion is moral, but “why does everyone not agree” on the meaning and value of life, and “what do we do about it?”
“Ethics is talked about as the ‘right response to reality,’” he explained, “and until we some coherent picture of what that reality is, talking about the right response just doesn’t make any sense.”
Bloom encouraged attendees to encounter modern society’s understanding of man and to take the risk of trying to understand many people’s acceptance of abortion.
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