Should a conscientious citizen refuse to vote for pro-abortion candidates, no matter what their positions may be on other issues?

Dr. Stephen Heaney of the St. Thomas Philosophy Department will address this question in the next Philosophy Colloquium at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Room 301, Aquinas Hall.

Citizens who refuse, as a matter of principle, to vote for candidates who support abortion rights often are criticized for being “single-issue” voters. But, are life issues such as abortion and euthanasia more than “single” issues? Responding to this question, Heaney will discuss the centrality of life issues for a coherent understanding of society and law and the meaning of a vote in a democratic society.

Heaney’s publications are largely in the area of ethics, with special emphasis on life issues. He is editor of a 1993 volume of essays, Abortion: A New Generation of Catholic Responses.

The public is welcome to the colloquium, and refreshments will be available.