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From the consideration of mercy as compassion for another's misery S. Thomas Aquinas deduces that one feels sympathy for this misery insofar as one considers it to be one's own.
By mercy we mean sickness, the lack of material means, and in general all that degrades human dignity. The contribution to a legislation that favours divorce or abortion signifies contributing to the degradation of society by destroying the principle on which rests the family, the education of man himself, and the respect that human life of itself deserves. Once the objective idea of good has been lost, man commences to deny his own right to life. Having abandoned mercy towards his neighbour, man loses his human condition and becomes incapable of love even towards himself. This loss makes itself felt at once in the injustice of a society that refuses to acknowledge an ordinatio rationis, and this society will see itself threatened by disorder in its very foundations. Once the sense of mercy among men has been lost, their relations become dominated by the exaltation of sex and the approval of individual violence as a legitimate means of redressing wrongs or simply of satisfying one's desires. Society finds itself incapable of putting an end to these excesses because it lacks a legitimate reason. Individual violence can in turn give rise to legal violence. For this reason it is unlawful to participate in the legalization of something that, through lack of goodness, ought to be condemned. Neither respect for the opinion of others, nor the majority view, nor the desire to give legal expression to something which, though unacceptable, may in this manner be better controlled, can permit a man who seeks justice to take part in any way in the establishing of a law that is in essence unjust. And this is so not out of any consideration of self-protection, always an egoistic motive, but rather for altruistic reasons. One's attitude of resistance should be based on the demands made by one's own conscience not to go against the dictates of reason, and on the demands of justice with respect to one's neighbour.
If mercy towards one's neighbour is a reflection of that love which man of his nature feels towards himself, then the just man can never desire something for his fellow (although it be only for reasons of convenience) if he considers it essentially bad for himself. And so neither may he contribute in any way to the legalization of an injustice of this kind.

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