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Law professor supports Leahy initiative on Question 2

Boston College Law School

Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01


I write in support of Fr. Leahy’s letter opposing the Massachusetts physician-assisted suicide initiative, and in writing to Boston College alumni setting forth his objections and those of other University leaders.
As to the merits: the initiative would have authorized a form of direct attack on innocent human life, and thus it stood in direct conflict with Catholic morality (as well as the morality of other leading religious traditions and many secular ones).
As to Fr. Leahy’s conduct in writing as he did  (you published an editorial pressing the view that it was in some way inappropriate): I write to propose that it constituted moral leadership of the first order. 
As to your journalistic ethics: you are at liberty to say what you please in your editorial, but not to editorialize in your news article. Your news story (“Community reacts to letter on Question 2,” in the Nov. 15 issue, page one) was sadly one-sided.  The only quotations presented (outside of University officialdom) were from those who disagreed with Fr. Leahy’s writing as he did. 

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