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Religious Lawmakers on Moral Identity and Abortion Law

Lucinda Peach

in Legislating Morality

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143713
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019514371X.003.0004
 Religious Lawmakers on Moral Identity and Abortion Law

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This chapter examines the role that religion may play in the life of political leaders. It looks at how several prominent American political leaders have articulated the place of religion in their political and lawmaking activities, and the influence of their religious convictions in their public policy making on abortion. These include former New York governor Mario Cuomo, Judge John Noonan, Congressman Henry Hyde, Senator Mark Hatfield, former president Ronald Reagan, and Reverend Jesse Jackson. The views of these political leaders on religious public policy-making illustrate some of the inaccuracies of both liberal and communitarian theories of moral identity.

Keywords: religious lawmaking; lawmakers; abortion; politics; moral identity

Chapter.  15524 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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