State policy should not be driven by religion
That goes without saying - for any normal
Up to recently the life of a mother had no value beside that of an un-baptised foetus, and this only changed in response to massive public outcry about the bizarre situations it brought about in practice.
Anyone (of the age of majority, i.e., over 18
who takes any real notice of the Catholic Church's definition of humanity, is effectively non compos mentis
the soul cannot objectively be shown to exist and, for many people, it does not exist.
We humans are not just a one-dimensional piece of meat, as it were. We are not merely material (physical) beings. We have our flesh and bones and skin and we also have our feelings and emotions, which some might describe as soul
Put it like this, I am vehemently opposed to organised religion - whether its called Roman Catholicism, or Christianity, or Islam, or Mormonism or Barneyism - or whatever. Yet, I don't perceive myself as a purely material, physical being. There is another dimension to me: my emotional being. I love and I hate, in equal measure, as it were. And often I feel indifferent to others. And when I die, that's it, I
am dead. And when I'm dead, the only thing of me that lives on after me, is what I did when I was alive. When I was both body and soul, as it were.
I did what I did - good, bad and/or indifferent. So what? I lived my
life to the best of my ability. To each according to his own