Toxic Legacy

WHY THE ENVIRONMENT IS A LIFE ISSUE

Catholics have not been shy about recommending policies to the Obama administration, especially policies related to the much-contested “life issues.” But one issue of great consequence to the lives of children, born or unborn, has been largely overlooked by the most vocal Catholic activists: environmental health. Indeed, the environment and children's health are still often treated by activists as separate concerns, despite growing evidence that environmental conditions have caused an...

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About the Author

Maura Ryan is John Cardinal O’Hara Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame. Her most recent book, Health, Development and Human Rights: New Directions for Christian Bioethics, will be published by Georgetown University Press.